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Inner loop partially open at St. Barnabas

[This post will be updated]

5;40 p.m. Update: Traffic on the inner loop is slow but moving as far east as Pennsylvania Avenue. Allow extra time if you're traveling on the inner loop of the southern portion of the Beltway.

5:25 p.m. Update: The state of Maryland now reports that two lanes of the inner loop are open. However, delays are occurring throughout the area, on both sides of the Beltway and on surrounding roads. Delays are developing on Oxon Hill and St. Barnabas.

5 p.m. Update: Spokesman Mark Brady said paramedics "have declared the lone occupant, who is still trapped in the vehicle, deceased. The helicopter has been recalled and this negates the need to close the entire Beltway."

The inner loop is closed, Brady said, but some lanes may reopen shortly. Drivers should expect the right shoulder and the two right lanes to remain closed for an extended period of time while authorities conduct an investigation, he said.

Travelers should expect delays in both directions, both due to the lane closures and to
people trying to observe the accident scene.

4:55 p.m. Update: If you're traveling on the inner loop, you could exit at Branch Avenue and use Brinkley and Oxon Hill roads to navigate west past the accident scene. On the outer loop, you can try exiting at Indian Head Highway and traveling east on Oxon Hill and Brinkley to Branch Avenue and back to the Beltway.

But you should expect delays in the area until the person has been transported.

Original post: Prince George's Fire/EMS spokesman Mark Brady says authorities are preparing to close the Beltway in both directions at the St. Barnabas Road exit to transport the victim of a single-car accident to a trauma center via Medevac.

Brady said the car overturned on the inner loop, but officials would close the entire Beltway once the helicopter arrived to transport the patient, who is in critical condition. The ETA on the Medevac chopper was 5 to 10 minutes he said at approximately 4:45 p.m.

By Michael Bolden  | July 21, 2010; 4:40 PM ET
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