Hellish Commute: Massive Delays on I-95 North, Metro’s Red Line

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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) – Wednesday morning’s commute will not soon be forgotten by those driving into the city and others who faced long waits and beyond capacity cars on Metro.

On the road, a series of accidents, including the second serious motorcycle wreck in as many days, completely shut down northbound I-95 in Virginia, resulting in massive delays.

Police say the accidents began around 5:45 a.m. when a Chrysler station wagon rear-ended a 2012 Honda Civic. A 2009 Harley-Davidson motorcycle then ran into the back of station wagon, throwing a man from the bike and into a tractor-trailer.

A MedEvac helicopter transported the motorcyclist to Inova Fairfax Hospital with life-threatening injuries. Police have not released his identity.

Additionally, three separate cars were involved in a chain-reaction crash to avoid hitting the motorcycle.

The Chrysler station wagon’s driver, Sandra T. Wilson of Ruther Glen, Va., has been charged with following too closely, Virginia State Police say.

Delays extended southward for more than seven miles at one point.

Police say all lanes were reopened by 7 a.m.

A fatal hit-and-run accident involving another motorcycle completely shut down the main northbound lanes of I-95 for more than two hours on Tuesday near the Fairfax County Parkway. Authorities are searching for the tractor-trailer responsible for striking the man.

Additionally, a cracked third rail on near the Rhode Island Avenue Station is leading to extensive delays and mounting frustrations for riders of Metro’s Red Line.

Trains were forced to single track between the NoMa-Gallaudet and Fort Totten stations during repairs, which Metro says were completed around 7:50 a.m.

Riders experienced delays of up to 30 minutes. Many slammed the service on Twitter, griping about long waits in crowded stations.

Residual delays are expected to continue.

Officials say the Green Line is a good alternate between the Fort Totten and Gallery Place stations.

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