Alexandria, VA

A 64-year-old Alexandria man has died and four others were seriously injured in a crash on the West End this weekend.

The crash happened around 8:15 p.m. Saturday on the 2000 block of North Van Dorn Street, near the Aldi supermarket.

Two SUVs collided head-on, killing Armando Aguirre Membreno, 64. Three adults and one juvenile were injured and brought to a local hospital, where they were listed in stable condition as of Sunday, according to Alexandria police.

A photo from the scene, posted by Fox 5, shows both vehicles with heavy front-end damage. At least two people were reported to be trapped after the crash, requiring extrication by firefighters using heavy rescue equipment.

Police are still investigating the cause of the crash.

“Members of the Crash Reconstruction Team and Criminal Investigations Section are investigating the crash,” APD said in a press release. “The investigation is ongoing. Alexandria Police ask that witnesses with information regarding this incident contact Officer Nancy Gordon at 571.289.6794.”

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Alexandria firefighters and police responded to a collision between a train and a vehicle this morning on the 4100 block of Wheeler Avenue, near Port City Brewing.

A VRE train loaded with hundreds of passengers struck a construction vehicle that was too close to the tracks. No injuries were reported and the train did not derail, but the crash drew a large emergency response.

As of 9 a.m., the train and tracks had been inspected and the train was given the all-clear to resume its journey.

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Morning Notes

‘Say Yes’ Star Opening Alexandria Salon — “The star of ‘Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta,’ Monte Durham, plans to open a hair salon in Old Town Alexandria, he announced this week. Durham, a resident of Alexandria, plans to call the salon ‘Monte.’ No word yet on an opening date.” [Alexandria Living]

APD Investigates Weekend Crashes — Alexandra police investigated a number of crashes over the weekend, including on the ramp to Telegraph Road from eastbound Duke Street, the intersection of North Beauregard Street and Seminary Road, the intersection of North Patrick Street and Madison Street, and the 500 block of North Columbus Street.

New Waterfront Cafe Under Construction — “Misha’s is moving forward on renovating the space for a second coffeehouse at 6 Prince St., near the waterfront, and that location is expected to have rooftop dining. A total renovation of the property is underway with the roof, floor and some walls being torn down.” [Alexandria Living]

Local Theater Staging Spooky Story — “The Little Theatre of Alexandria (LTA) is staging ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ from Oct. 19 – Nov. 9, 2019. Director Maggie Mumford said she is an absolute nerd about all things Shirley Jackson (novelist), and the novel upon which this play is based is what started that fandom.” [Gazette Packet]

Overheard on the Alexandria Police Scanner — “Scanner: APD responding to S. Pickett Street for a report of a man walking down the road, dribbling a basketball while wearing nothing but a jock strap.” [Twitter]

Nearby: Fire at Belle View Shopping Center — “More than 20 businesses were damaged overnight Sunday into Monday by a four-alarm fire at a shopping center in Fairfax County, Virginia. The fire broke out about midnight in the Belle View Shopping Center, located south of Old Town Alexandria and the Capital Beltway.” [NBC 4, WTOP]

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The driver of a car ran into the front of the SweetFrog frozen yogurt shop at 3219 Duke Street this afternoon.

The crash, at the Alexandria Commons shopping center, was reported around 2:45 p.m.

A driver in a Subaru hatchback hopped a parking curb and crashed into one of the store’s large front windows, shattering it. Police, firefighters and medics responded to the scene.

The driver was initially said to be injured and was evaluated by paramedics. No injuries were reported inside the store, which was evacuated after the crash.

An Alexandria building inspector was called to the scene to evaluate the building for structural damage.

This is at least the second time a driver ran into a storefront in Alexandria over the past week. Last week a minivan rammed the front of an international grocery store in the Van Dorn Station Shopping Center.

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(Updated at 11:30 a.m.) Traffic is slow from Seminary Road to Duke Street after a crash and reported medical emergency in the southbound lanes of I-395.

The incident was reported shortly before 11 a.m., underneath the Duke Street overpass. Initial reports suggest that a driver suffered a medical emergency and crashed. It was not immediately clear whether how many other vehicles were involved in the crash.

Virginia State Police, along with Alexandria and Arlington firefighters and medics, rushed to the scene. First responders arriving on scene reported that they were performing CPR on the driver.

As of 11:15 a.m. two lefthand lanes of I-395 were blocked by the emergency activity.

A second crash along I-395 in the same area, involving a sedan and a dump truck, was reported just prior to 11:30 a.m.

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(Updated at 11:35 a.m.) The driver of a minivan rammed a storefront at the Van Dorn Station Shopping Center this morning.

The crash happened shortly after 10:30 a.m. at the strip mall-style shopping center at 510 S. Van Dorn Street. Damage to the storefront — of the Weyone International Foods grocery store — was reported to be relatively minor, but enough to prompt a building inspector being dispatched to the scene.

The driver was evaluated for minor injuries, according to scanner traffic. No one else was reported to be injured.

A city official told an ALXnow photographer on the scene that the driver likely mistook the gas pedal for the brake. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor.

We’re told this is the fifth vehicle-into-storefront crash in Alexandria this year, and the second or third in this particular shopping center.

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