School bus and 13 cars hit in Southeast D.C.

September 4, 2013

A suspected drunk driver struck 13 vehicles and a school bus Wednesday afternoon, creating a chaotic scene in Southeast Washington and forcing authorities to close a major commuter artery.

The incident centered in the 4200 block of East Capitol Street, about a mile east of RFK Stadium. Police responded to the scene about 4:15 p.m. and found the suspect vehicle after the driver had fled on foot, said Officer Paul Metcalf, a spokesman. A teenager was evaluated at the scene, but no injuries were immediately reported.

All lanes of East Capitol Street were reopened at about 6:30.

A gray sedan struck all 14 vehicles before his car crashed , said D.C. police spokesman Hugh Crew. The man then fled the scene on foot. It was not clear how fast the suspected driver was driving, and how he managed to strike 14 vehicles. Officials diverted eastbound traffic onto I-295.

Soon after the crash, officers apprehended the suspect about five blocks away, Metcalf said. Police shut down the eastbound lanes of East Capitol Street as they investigated.

Officials diverted eastbound traffic onto I-295.

Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.
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