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D.C. drivers suffered through hours of traffic during yesterday’s commute

A fatal crash on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge caused backups into the suburbs

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Getting home turned into an hours-long slog yesterday for D.C. commuters, after a terrible crash on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge at 11 a.m. caused considerable backups through the evening rush hour and beyond. An tractor-trailer driver was killed after losing control on the bridge and colliding with highway construction vehicles, leading to complete closure on the Wilson Bridge.

That Beltway incident combined with other factors like a Falun Gong rally downtown caused hours-long traffic around the region, WTOP reports, with drivers writing on Twitter that it took 80 minutes to drive half a mile in Alexandria, and some saying a 20 minute commute turned into a six-hour ordeal.