Outer ring reopens after American Legion Bridge becomes ‘skating rink’

The American Legion Bridge connecting Maryland and Virginia became a “skating rink” early Tuesday as several vehicles broke or crashed.

The American Legion Bridge connecting Maryland and Virginia became a “skating rink” early Tuesday as several vehicles broke or crashed onto a slick sidewalk.

Problems at the bridge caused backups to occur on the outer ring for morning commuters.



WTOP traffic correspondent Rich Hunter said he saw traffic cameras where the accidents occurred after 4:20 a.m.

Ice was not to blame. It was diesel fuel, according to the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Highway Administration.

“The bridge turned into a skating rink,” Hunter said.

“There were cars scattered all over the bridge.”

At least four cars and two tractors were involved in the accident.

Immediately after the accidents, traffic was narrowed to one lane on the bridge, then the outer ring at the bridge was completely closed as crews began cleaning up.

The bridge fully reopened before 8:30 a.m.

Below is a traffic map for the area.

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