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Mishaps with boat, bear make for slow holiday getaway

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Posted: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 2:31 pm

The holiday traffic getaway in Northern Virginia got off to a bad start, and just keeps getting worse.

Traffic was snarled on southbound Interstate 95 near Quantico starting early after a boat being hauled by a truck tipped over around 10 a.m. and blocked several travel lanes.

Motorists tried bailing out onto U.S. 1, and that, too, became clogged.

As of 2:20 p.m., southbound I-95 was backed up at least 13 miles, according to Va511.org.

Around 12:45 p.m., a crash on Interstate 495 near Braddock Road closed all lanes for about 45 minutes after state police say a driver fell asleep traveling northbound and flipped his Honda Passport.

The driver, a 20-year-old Fairfax man, and four passengers were taken to the hospital with injuries that didn’t appear life-threatening, police said.

And around 11 a.m.,  a truck hauling a camper crashed on Interstate 66 near the 16 mile marker in Fauquier County when a black bear tried to cross the highway.

The driver of the truck tried to avoid hitting the bear, but the camper struck the animal. The impact caused the driver to lose control and the camper flipped on the interstate.

No one in the truck was injured, but the bear died at the scene, state police Sgt. Les Tyler said.

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