Part of the George Washington Memorial Parkway is scheduled to be closed for most of the day Saturday. The National Park Service is planning to remove crashed vehicles off the roadway.
A National Park Service Press release reads:
On Saturday, March 20, 2021, the National Park Service (NPS) will close both northbound lanes of the George Washington Memorial Parkway to remove two abandoned vehicles that are below the road near the Potomac River. The NPS expects to close the lanes between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. from Spout Run Parkway to Chain Bridge Road, VA 123. The southbound lanes will remain open. The NPS will also temporarily close parts of the Potomac Heritage Trail near the vehicles for up to half an hour at a time while the work is happening.
The first crash reportedly happened on June 7, 2020 when the driver ended up near the banks of the Potomac River. He got out of the smashed car and was later taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The second crash reportedly happened on January 25, 2021 near the first scenic overlook in Arlington. That driver also managed to avoid serious injury.
These incidents are just two of the many recent accidents where drivers have gone off the Parkway.