Five people en route to the commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington were taken to a local D.C. hospital for treatment of what police called minor injuries after a collision on a D.C. street involving three chartered buses.
Police said the collision involving the buses, bringing a group from Detroit to the 50th anniversary of the march, occurred about three miles from the National Mall along Connecticut Avenue NW.
The accident occurred about 8 a.m. No serious injuries were reported.
Most buses arrived at the parking lot near RFK Stadium, about five miles west of the site of the commemoration on the National Mall, beginning just after 7 a.m.
By 8 a.m. the entrance to the underground Metro subway station was clogged, mostly with Lincoln Memorial-bound passengers. Metro Police said roughly 2,600 passengers passed through the station, one of the key entry points for Metro riders headed for the Mall, by 9 a.m.
Less than an hour later, Metro Police estimated that 5,992 people arrived at the Smithsonian Metro Station, one of the closest points to exit the transit system for the Lincoln Memorial.