Pedestrians struck after crash near Union Station - KMSP-TV

Pedestrians struck after crash near Union Station

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A total of six people, including three pedestrians, were injured in a crash near Union Station Wednesday morning.

D.C. police say the driver of an SUV hit a light pole, a traffic signal and a trash can before hitting three people standing on the corner of North Capitol Street and Massachusetts Avenue.

At this time, investigators are still not sure why it happened.

Witnesses say the driver sped through the intersection at a high rate of speed before losing control of the car and running up onto the sidewalk.

At this time, no charges have been filed.

Witnesses say there was no warning as the driver of the SUV sped southbound on North Capitol Street before colliding with the pedestrians and slamming into the side of a catering truck.

As paramedics arrived, they worked swiftly in an attempt to save the lives of the injured.

"This one lady, she wasn’t even paying attention, didn't even know what was going on behind her,” said Travelle Blount. “The car and truck ran right into her. Boom! It hit her so hard she was pinned to the front grill of the car.”

Blount was driving the catering van and dislocated his shoulder.

When we asked him if Blount talked to the driver of the SUV, Blount said, “No, the driver actually never got out of the SUV. He was sitting in the car the whole time.”

Other witnesses were stunned by what happened with police comforting at least one man.

“I immediately went over there and started praying for the people because I did not want a fatality or loss of life,” said Tyrone Warner, a witness of the accident.

D.C. police spent hours mapping out the scene. They were marking evidence with placards and orange paint before taking photographs.

Observers couldn't help but notice a cane lying in the middle of the street.

Investigators have talked to driver about what happened, but officials were not ready to reveal his story.

"The detectives have talked to the driver of the striking vehicle,” said Lt. Ronald Wilkins of D.C. Police. “He is being very cooperative. He has spoken to detectives. The extent of the conversation I am not privy to at this point.”

D.C. police also collected footage from video surveillance cameras they hoped would help complete the puzzle.

Of the six people injured, there were two were in the catering van, the driver of the SUV, and the three pedestrians on the street.

Witnesses described the driver of the SUV as a man in his 30s dressed in business attire. He was eventually put on a stretcher and transported to one of three hospitals that accepted the injured.


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