6 hurt, pedestrian pinned in D.C. crash

Police say the crash happened just before 8 a.m. Wednesday. (WTOP/Nick Iannelli)

WASHINGTON – Six people were hurt after a crash involving two vehicles near Union Station in D.C. Wednesday morning, officials say.

Police say the crash happened just before 8 a.m. at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and North Capitol Street NW. The driver of an SUV — who a witness tells WTOP was trying to beat a light — struck a pole and three pedestrians.

“He ran on the sidewalk,” witness Lavenia Bailey says. “He hit the lamp pole, he took the lamp pole up out (of) the ground.”

Bailey says one victim was pinned under the SUV, one was lying on the sidewalk and one was lying in the street.

“No one was moving, and I’m just praying that they all make it,” Bailey says. “I’m just praying they all will survive.”

The SUV also struck another vehicle, and police tell WTOP six people total were injured in the incident. Two of the pedestrians, including the one trapped under the vehicle, were taken to a hospital in critical condition.

See a photo of the scene below:


Streets in the area were expected to remain closed for several hours after the incident.


This story has been modified to correct the location of the incident.

The Associated Press and WTOP’s Nick Iannelli contributed to this report. Follow @NickWTOP and @WTOP on Twitter.


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