Truck crashes through decorative railing on Arlington Memorial Bridge

Broken pieces of the railing landed just feet from the GWMP and Mount Vernon Trail.

The site of Thursday’s crash was nearly the exact point of impact for a February, 2013, crash in which an SUV bulldozed through the balustrade and went into the river.

The site on Arlington Memorial Bridge where a pickup truck mounted the sidewalk and crashed through the railing.

Moments after leaving Memorial Circle, the truck crossed the sidewalk and hit the stone railing. This morning, a bicycle fence and police tape is in place, until more permanent repairs begin.

After being hit by a truck, heavy pieces from the stone railing of the Arlington Memorial Bridge fell dozens of feet, landing on grass near a cycling path that runs along the Potomac River.

Damage to the stone railing on Arlington Memorial Bridge, after a truck crashed into it yesterday.

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A pickup truck mounted the sidewalk on the Arlington Memorial Bridge and crashed through the decorative masonry on its railing Wednesday evening.

According to U.S. Park Police, the accident happened just before 8 p.m. on the inbound side of the bridge that looks over the Mt. Vernon Trail and the George Washington Parkway.

Inbound lanes of the bridge were closed for over an hour. All lanes reopened around 9:10 p.m. No injuries were reported.

The truck crashed into parts of the balustrade, destroying parts of the bridge’s railing. Police say the passenger side of the vehicle was heavily damaged.

Police could not confirm the driver’s whereabouts or condition. It is unknown what caused the accident.

Later in the evening, WTOP’s Dave Dildine surveyed damage and shared some recent history about the bridge on his Twitter “bridge run.”

WTOP’s Neal Augenstein also visited the bridge on Thursday morning to view some of the damage by daylight.


It is the second time in a decade that a crash has damaged this exact part of the Memorial Bridge. In 2013, an SUV crashed through the balustrade and landed in the Potomac River. The driver survived.

The hole in the railing remained covered with fencing and temporary barriers until the rehabilitation project began several years later. Many of the granite balusters were taken to a stone yard in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, to be cleaned and repaired.

WTOP’s Joe Fox and Dave Dildine contributed to the report.

Jose Umana

José Umaña is a digital editor for WTOP. He’s been working as a journalist for almost a decade, covering local news, education and sports. His work has appeared in The Prince George’s Sentinel, The Montgomery Sentinel, Orlando Sentinel, PressBox and The Diamondback.

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