Accidents Cause Headaches for Maryland, Virginia Commuters

Accidents Cause Headaches for Maryland, Virginia CommutersA four-car accident in Fairfax, Virginia, on the morning of Tuesday, August 30, has resulted in the arrest of a Vienna man on charges of driving while intoxicated, the Fairfax Times reports.

Jose Marquez, 28, allegedly crashed his 1995 Ford van at around 7:30 a.m. while traveling at approximately 40 miles per hour on Route 50. According to Fairfax City Police, Marquez collided with a Jeep, sideswiped a Honda Accord then crashed into a Lexus. The driver of the Lexus, a 53-year-old woman, was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The collision closed two lanes of the Route 50 eastbound during morning rush hour, but the lanes were opened following the investigation and cleanup.

After the accident, Marquez allegedly refused to take a breathalyzer test. In addition to the driving while intoxicated charge, Marquez was charged with having no car insurance and failing to obtain a Virginia driver’s license. He was still in possession of a Maryland driver’s license after moving to Vienna. Currently, Marquez is being held on a $2,500 cash bond.

In addition to the four-car pile up in Northern Virginia, other roads in the region saw troublesome traffic because of auto collisions.

A two-car accident on Tuesday on I-95 before the Fort McHenry Tunnel Toll Plaza in Maryland snarled southbound traffic during the morning commute, the Baltimore Sun reports. Also that morning, a two-vehicle collision on U.S. 50 eastbound caused major congestion, while a three-car accident on Route 32 in Howard County caused traffic tie ups.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Hurricane Irene also caused major traffic issues and an automobile accident death in the Washington, D.C. area.