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:

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

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

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.

Keep calm out there if you can.

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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.

(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?