Stuck: Commuters Share American Legion Bridge Nightmares

The inner loop northbound on I-495 American Legion Bridge in Virginia was reportedly shut down for almost 13 hours Thursday evening due to an overturned tanker. At approximately 2 p.m., Virginia resident Harold Smith, managed to catch the accident on video as it overturned on the bridge with his dash camera. Smith described what he saw as a “horrible” accident.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief John Price reported about the accident on the scene and had this to say:

“We arrived on the scene, the tanker trailer was on it side. There were three other personal vehicles involved….one minor injury, one of the other drivers. The tanker trailer loss approximately 150 gallons of gasoline. We are in the process of attempting to clean that up. Nothing has gotten into the water shed right now. We are working with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue to mitigate the incident. We are going to remain on scene for an unknown unspecified time until we can determine how much product we’ve loss. It’ll be off loaded onto a separate tanker….at that point we can start resuming traffic operations and open up the interstate,” said Price on Thursday evening.

The Virginia Department of Transportation was on the scene to assist Fairfax and Montgomery County Fire and Rescue teams. The rescue effort was described as  VDOT provided spill trailers with all of the necessary tools to help clean up the spill.

“Evac trailers, yodocks, message boards and cones” were used to help clean up the spilled gas on the I-495 interstate, according to a tweet by VDOT.

Commuters Stories via Social Media about American Legion Bridge Traffic Nightmares

Some commuters were outraged due to long hours they were stuck in traffic and others were seemingly grateful for Fairfax and Montgomery County Fire and Rescue efforts that were made to resolve the incident.

Other commuters used sarcasm as a way to bring a silver lining to a traffic tragedy that kept commuters from their destinations for hours.

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Jasmine Boyd

About Jasmine Boyd

Jasmine Boyd is a senior, broadcast journalism major at the University of Maryland in College Park. She is currently an intern with Montgomery Community Media and can be reached at and on Twitter @JasmineLBoyd


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