Crash causes Beltway delays
[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.
| October 18, 2010; 11:40 AM ET
Categories: Advisories, Capital Beltway, Commuting, Congestion
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