By Debbi Wilgoren
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 9:15 AM
The George Washington Memorial Parkway's southbound lanes were closed at Memorial Bridge for several hours early Tuesday because of a fatal accident overnight, authorities said.
Sgt. David Schlosser, a U.S. Park Police spokesman, said three people were inside the vehicle that crashed into a metal guard rail that lines the parkway where it crosses over Boundary Channel.
One of the three was pronounced dead immediately after the 3:15 a.m. collision, and the two others were taken to a hospital with serious injuries.
"The car was pretty much split in half," Schlosser said. The southbound lanes of the parkway, a major commuter artery, were closed until 8:15 a.m., with significant backups reported.
No information was released about the age, identity or gender of the victims, or the reason for the crash. Schlosser said the name of the person who was killed would be made public once family members were notified of the death.
Motorists used Route 110 as an alternate route. Schlosser also said that cars could bypass the accident site by exiting the parkway as if they were headed onto Memorial Bridge, then following signs from that traffic circle back onto the parkway (following the signs that point to Washington Reagan National Airport).
The parkway's northbound lanes were not affected.