Reported suicide attempt stalls traffic on DC’s Key Bridge

https://twitter.com/KatiePavlich/status/288770456855646208

This is terrible news to report, but it is a sign of times in which we live. You might be stuck on a train only to learn through social media that a woman is giving birth just up the tracks. Or that traffic tie-up on Washington, D.C.’s Key Bridge might not be a traffic accident but a suicide attempt.

Here’s the official word:

https://twitter.com/DCCirculator/status/288768868867002372

News travels fast these days, and it doesn’t take long to learn what’s really going on ahead of you.

https://twitter.com/DCTDispatcher/status/288764356555059200

https://twitter.com/DCPoliceDept/status/288767640338563072

https://twitter.com/jackiebensen/status/288769812275015680

https://twitter.com/FixWMATA/status/288770898557808641

https://twitter.com/BStrider/status/288771010830929921

https://twitter.com/SkyKerstein/status/288771246647287808

https://twitter.com/TheGeorgetownr/status/288773427345629184

https://twitter.com/rowseeyo/status/288773536124919808

We certainly hope that’s not the case, either. We don’t have any official reports yet, but it doesn’t look good. Twitchy will update as events develop.

https://twitter.com/wusa9/status/288772190214713345

https://twitter.com/gabrielmalor/status/288770662267490304

Keep calm out there if you can.

https://twitter.com/Hooks_Orpik/status/288775143692566528

https://twitter.com/TC_SassMachine/status/288774622164426752

https://twitter.com/LukeRussert/status/288778580920500225

https://twitter.com/J__Co/status/288781152821587968

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Update:

After about three hours, police say they managed to take the man into custody and reopen the bridge to pedestrian traffic.

https://twitter.com/DCPoliceDept/status/288802554991755265

https://twitter.com/emtitus/status/288806001250013184

(Hat tip: Katie Pavlich)

  • Jack Deth

    Meh.

    I remember several years back when some potential suicide tied up traffic both ways on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge around 7pm. Police and SWAT cops from PG County in MD. Arlington, VA and DC Metro were all vying to have their snipers take the fool out long before he was finally talked down just after midnight.

  • Kevin Krom

    Dang. I must have driven right past that spot only an hour or two before the incident.

    Anyone know why the MD state police were blocking off access to the Beltway near Potomac at about 4:00 PM yesterday?

  • Kevin Krom

    Dang. I must have driven right past that spot only an hour or two before the incident.

    Anyone know why the MD state police were blocking off access to the Beltway near Potomac at about 4:00 PM yesterday?