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DC Beltway's Fatality "Hot Spots"

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One of the busiest highways in the country is the I-95 corridor. This major national artery goes right through the heart of the DC Metropolitan area. Fatal car and truck crashes in Virginia and Maryland along the 64-mile long highway results in nearly 3,000 accidents a year — about eight a day — and claims the lives of 18 people a year on average, according to data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ("NHSTA") and transportation officials and police in Virginia and Maryland.

While thousands of people crash on the notoriously congested Capital Beltway each year, lethal accidents are clustered in just four dangerous zones, according to an analysis by The Washington Examiner. Where are these 4 "hot spots" so that a Maryland, Virginia and District of Columbia driver can be extra vigilant ? Fifty of the 58 fatal accidents on the Beltway between 2007 and 2009 occurred on a 27.5-mile stretch that begins just before the Woodrow Wilson Bridge in Virginia and runs to the intersection of the Beltway and Interstate 95 in the north. Within that deadly stretch are four spots where fatalities cluster: Twenty deaths have occurred between Ritchie-Marlboro Road and Central Avenue in Prince George’s County. Another dozen have been near the spot where Interstate 95 merges with the Beltway. And nine have happened in the last few miles of highway in Northern Virginia before it crosses the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Nine more are in the vicinity of Branch Avenue. Read more at the Washington Examiner. Tomorrow’s post will look at causes and trends in fatal car and truck crashes on the Beltway and I-95