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UPDATE: Large crash shuts down Route 15 near Lovettsville Road Tuesday morning

Update: 10:24 a.m.

Route 15 is now open, according to county officials. The incident continues to be under investigation.

Original story:

Route 15 is shut down at Lovettsville Road due to a large, multi-vehicle crash, county officials announced Tuesday morning. Expect the roadway to be shut down for an extended period of time.

According to Virginia State Police, authorities at 5:43 a.m responded to a six-vehicle crash at Lovettesville Road and Route 15. The chain reaction crash involved three sedans, one van, one cherry-picker truck and a tractor-trailer. A few individuals were transported to Cornwall Hospital in Leesburg for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Comments


To sitting on Route 15 —i guess you are not complaining enough.  Maybe you need to talk to Chair Randall as well


LocoLoco, I can assure you that the vast majority of folks in the Lucketts area have long been complaining to both state and local politicians and support the widening of RT15. We are tired of driving west of Leesburg and cutting through Waterford to get home. I’ve personally talked to our worthless Catoctin Supervisor Geary Higgins about this until I’m blue in the face. He’s busy updating his newsletter.


The County just ignores the 15 death highway because of influence of the anti highway crowd in Lucketts and these people who live in Raspberry Falls and Selma are just brain dead about the situation that they fail to complain to the politicians about what is really needed—a new road and bridge to Maryland!


I drive this way into Gaithersburg nearly every single day.  Accidents are pretty rare on this stretch and it’s really only a few times a year that they happen during the rush.  For the most part, people get along and drive nicely, although there does always seem to be that car from MD that is willing to cross the double lines to pass. I’d hope that another bridge would happen before considering widening this nice looking stretch of road.


True, if 15 was widened, there would be less accidents. But that section of Rt. 15 is a National Scenic Byway so I’m not sure if the County would approve to widen it. To be designated a Scenic Byway, local governments have initiated zoning or other land-use controls, so as to reasonably protect the aesthetic and cultural value of the highway. I think we really need to allow more teleworking so that there are less people on the road.


so thankful no serious injuries - but now I am sure everyone will say if 15 was widened this would not have happened.  Pretty sure thats not the cause.  Good job to the first responders!


Glad there were no serious injuries as a result.  Good job by the responders having a detour set up by the time the rush started.  Took me about 15 minutes longer than usual to get to work but that’s better than sitting still.  Be careful out there!

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