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Dump truck overturns on 295

4:40 p.m. Update: -- Northbound lanes of Interstate 295 have been closed after two dump trucks collided, critically injuring both drivers.

D.C. fire department spokesman Pete Piringer says the crash was reported about 2:45 p.m. Thursday near the Laboratory Road exit. One truck had overturned.

Piringer says two patients were taken to the hospital with serious and life-threatening injuries. A search dog was brought in to find any other passengers in the wreckage, but nothing was discovered.

Another crash on Interstate 295 near Howard Road on Thursday afternoon also injured as many as four people. Piringer says their injuries were not considered serious.

-- Wire and staff reports

4 p.m. Update: The accident on 295 near the Laboratory Road exit involved two dump trucks, according to officials.

3:55 p.m. Update: The northbound lanes remain closed. Police are directing traffic away from 295 northbound.

3:28 p.m. Update: According to official District alerts, northbound lanes are blocked. However, southbound travelers should expect problems due to rubbernecking and the volume of equipment on the scene.

3:25 p.m. Update: According to D.C. Fire / EMS spokesman, it was unclear whether the accident occurred in the southbound or northbound lanes. However, Piringer said the entire route would be affected due to the quantity of equipment that was responding to the scene, including a hazmat team and a heavy-duty wrecker.

"It is unusual," he said.

Piringer said other accidents were reported about the same time north of the dump truck scene, which would contribute to the traffic problems in the area.

Original post: An overturned dump truck on I-295 southbound near Laboratory Road has one person trapped and is causing traffic problems as the p.m. commute begins. D.C. Fire / EMS officials report that there is heavy wreckage and lots of emergency equipment on the scene. According to one of the department's tweets, a Medevac helicopter has been requested.

By Michael Bolden  | June 3, 2010; 3:03 PM ET
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If we need any more evidence that we DESPERATELY need more arteries out of and into this city, after this and the weekend NY Ave. debacles, I don't know what to show. It is HELL to get into this city via car. And, yes, I'm a resident. I try to Metro when I can, but driving is often unavoidable. This is tiresome and draining to see over and over: blocked roads, massive traffic jams... Sick of it!

Posted by: sigmagrrl | June 3, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

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