One killed, three injured in GW Parkway wreck

A Red Top Cab and Volkswagen Beetle are towed from the crash scene.

One person was killed and three people suffered life-threatening injuries in a head-on collision Monday afternoon on the George Washington Memorial Parkway.

The crash happened around 4:30 p.m. on a stretch of the Parkway between Tulane Drive and Morningside Lane. The U.S. Park Police said that the Volkswagen Beetle driving southbound crossed the double yellow line and hit a Red Top Cab driving northbound.

The driver of the taxi died on the scene. Two passengers in the vehicle were airlifted to local hospitals, while the driver of the Volkswagen was transported via ambulance. The Park Police withheld the identity of the 55-year-old taxi driver at the family’s request. He was a resident of Springfield, Va.

The Parkway remained closed in both directions until around 7:45 p.m. as police investigated the crash. The Park Police are asking anyone who may have information about the crash to contact them at 202-610-8737 or at USPP_tipline@nps.gov.

Helicopter sitting on road
The Fairfax1 helicopter is seen on the George Washington Memorial Parkway following Monday’s wreck. (Image courtesy of Nancy Duley)

Monday’s crash was the first fatal wreck on the GW Parkway between Old Town Alexandria and Mount Vernon since a June 2016 collision between a shuttle bus carrying Chinese tourists and a Mini Cooper. One of the passengers on the bus was killed, while 13 other passengers in the bus and two people in the car were injured.

No charges were filed in that crash.

A number of other major crashes have happened along the stretch between Old Town and Mount Vernon, and in late 2017 Rep. Don Beyer’s office announced that the National Park Service would be conducting a traffic study of the road in order to improve safety. That study was originally supposed to be completed in late 2018 or early 2019, but there have been no updates on its status.

This story was updated Tuesday morning with more information from the Park Police.

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