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Florida Ave. Reopens After Fatal Accident, Baby Born In Traffic Backup

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Authorities are investigating a fatal accident at Florida Avenue NW and New York Avenue NW this morning involving a motorcycle and a tractor trailer.
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Authorities are investigating a fatal accident at Florida Avenue NW and New York Avenue NW this morning involving a motorcycle and a tractor trailer.

Update 10:20 a.m.: Florida Avenue NW has reopened after being closed in both directions around New York Avenue NW this morning after a fatal accident involving a motorcycle and a tractor trailer, according to NBC Washington. The traffic backup that resulted from the accident also required one woman to give birth while stuck in her car.

Around 5:30 a.m., Metropolitan Police say a dirt bike collided with a tractor trailer at the intersection of Florida Avenue NW and Eckington Place NW.

One person was killed and another was seriously injured. Police Captain Byron Hope says the rider of the dirt bike died in the crash, which is still under investigation.

"They're not street-legal, you can't even register them," he says of dirt bikes. "We're taking a look at that and the actions leading up to the crash."

The accident caused a three hour traffic delay that forced one woman stuck on New York Avenue NW to give birth in her car.

Shortly after the accident, D.C. Fire and EMS was called to a nearby scene to respond to the pregnant woman in labor. The woman gave birth before the ambulance arrived on the scene, with the help of a 911 dispatcher on the phone guiding her through labor, according to D.C. Fire and EMS.

Mother and child were transported to the hospital, and both are doing fine according to D.C. Fire and EMS.

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