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Crash causes Beltway delays

Mark Berman

[This post has been updated.]

4 p.m. Update: All lanes have reopened in time for the evening commute. There remains some activity on the shoulder, so there may be some delays associated with rubbernecking.

1:10 p.m. Update: Two lanes of the Inner Loop of the Beltway are open between Old Georgetown Road and the Rockville Pike. Authorities remain on the scene cleaning up from this morning's crash. No word yet on how this may affect the evening commute. However, if you are traveling on the northern stretch of the Beltway expect delays.

11:40 a.m. Update: The driver of a tractor-trailer that crashed on the Capital Beltway in Montgomery County Monday morning has died, state police officials said.

They did not release his name, because they want to make sure his family has been fully notified.

An occupant in a different vehicle involved in the crash was taken to a local hospital and is listed in serious condition, said John McDonough, a state police dispatcher.

-- Dan Morse

10:20 a.m. Update: WTOP is reporting that the driver of the tractor-trailer involved in an accident on the Beltway has died, and the driver of the car was critically injured. The tractor-trailer, which was hauling beer, overturned this morning shortly before 5 a.m.

Original post: Good morning, commuters. There are some major traffic issues in Maryland already this morning.

-- An accident has shut down the Inner Loop between Old Georgetown Road and the Rockville Pike, according to the Montgomery County Police. All Inner Loop traffic is being diverted up to I-270 and then back down to the Beltway as a result of it. That accident occurred at about 4:50 a.m., so it's likely going to have a serious impact on the morning rush.

One Inner Loop lane reopened shortly before 7 a.m., according to the Maryland State Police. And they report it's going to be another few hours before the Inner Loop is entirely reopened.

-- Veirs Mill Road is blocked near Aspen Hill due to a hit and run that injured two teenagers on a scooter. This accident happened at about 12:15 a.m., according to the Montgomery County Police. Eastbound Veirs Mill Road was blocked near Aspen Hill. Sometime around 6 a.m., they opened the westbound lanes with one lane heading in each direction so traffic can keep moving. However, they estimate it will last through at least part of rush hour. Debbi Wilgoren has more at Post Now.

As of 8:50 a.m., there was no change: the eastbound lanes remain blocked, while one lane was open in each direction on the westbound side. It's going to be like this for at least another hour, if not more, according to Paul Starks, spokesman for the county police.

By Mark Berman  | October 18, 2010; 11:40 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories, Capital Beltway, Commuting, Congestion  
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I heard the Beltway accident circa 4:40AM. Huge screech, lots and lots of sirens.

Posted by: Virginiadude1 | October 18, 2010 6:04 AM | Report abuse

I live near my work so I don't have to worry about commuting!

Posted by: TheChileanPresidentIsMuchBetterRespondingToDisastersThanObama | October 18, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

I live right there behind the sound barriers on the Inner Loop of the Beltway between Old Georgetown Rd and 270-North merge. I woke up at 4:00am to the sound of alot of sirens. I assumed there was some kind of accident on the Beltway, so turned on the TV a little later and they were showing the accident. When I went out to get the paper, there was a helicopter in the distance hovering over the accident. I usually get on the Inner Loop of the Beltway at Old Georgetown to go to work in New Carrolton, MD. But today I got on the Beltway right after Wisconsin Ave with no problems. There were rubber necking delays on the outer loop. (I hate that!)

Posted by: rusty6 | October 18, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Why is the reporter smiling when a person was killed and thousands of other people were stranded in traffic this morning?

Posted by: jajack21 | October 18, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Isn't that the spot of a second major accident where an overturned truck shut down the Beltway? Time to consider a lower speed limit for trucks in that area.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | October 18, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: getjiggly1 | October 18, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Are you serious? Is the Post supposed to have pictures of its reporters looking happy or sad depending on the story on the website? Really?

Posted by: Donzinho | October 18, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

FairlingtonBlade: The recent bus accident was nearby but actual on I270. That was caused by the bus driver having a medical emergency causing the crash, not speed. A more common issue I see at that point on the beltway is people going too slow (45 mph in the left lane).

Posted by: kim6160 | October 18, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

How 'bout no photos. Problem solved.

Posted by: jajack21 | October 18, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

No photos would be nice. Most of them are phreaks.

Posted by: getjiggly1 | October 18, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

I knew the driver, my husband works for the same trucking company. It could have been him.

Posted by: Adriane2656 | October 22, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

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