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Posted at 3:45 PM ET, 02/16/2011

Truck driver killed in Beltway crash

By Washington Post Staff Writers
Mark Berman

A tractor-trailer driver was killed Tuesday night in a fiery three-vehicle crash that shut down parts of the Capital Beltway into Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.

The crash occurred just after 11 p.m. on the inner loop of Interstate 495 at the D'Arcy Road overpass in the Forestville area, authorities said.

Maryland State Police said a 2006 Kia Sorento traveling south on I-495 drifted onto the shoulder of the road and struck a disabled Dodge Caravan that had been left unattended there. The impact of that collision sent the Kia back onto the highway and into the path of the tractor-trailer, which had been headed south behind the Kia, state police said. The tractor-trailer collided with the Kia, then ran into the bridge abutments for D'Arcy Road and caught fire, state police said.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, who has not been identified, was trapped inside the vehicle's cab and was killed in the crash and ensuing fire, authorities said. State police said they were working with the North Carolina trucking company that owned the vehicle to determine who the driver was. The tractor-trailer was carrying sugar, authorities said.

The driver of the Kia, 29-year-old Ricardo J. Powell of Forestville, was hospitalized with serious injuries that were not thought to be life threatening, authorities said. State police said no one has been charged in the crash, and they have not determined yet precisely what caused it.

-- Matt Zapotosky

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3:30 P.M. UPDATE:

Officials report that all travel lanes are now open.

10:45 A.M. UPDATE:

One lane of the inner loop remains closed at Darcy Road after an accident overnight that shut down part of the Beltway for several hours.

The inner loop was shut down after 11 p.m. near Darcy Road after a tractor-trailer caught fire in a three-vehicle accident. By 5:15 a.m. Wednesday morning, one lane had reopened. As of 5:45 a.m., two lanes were open to traffic again, leaving two lanes and one of the shoulders still closed.

The truck struck a bridge embankment of the Darcy Road overpass, and the underside of the bridge was damaged by fire, officials said. The overpass sustained significant damage and will remain closed until authorities can make sure it's safe, officials said. One person was evaluated at the scene by medics, but no other injuries were reported.
8:35 A.M. UPDATE:

The right lane and right shoulder on the inner loop remain blocked at Darcy Road.

7:35 A.M. UPDATE:

The right lane on the inner loop at Darcy Road remains blocked due to the investigation, as does the right shoulder. The detour is still in place, if you want to avoid that spot: Take westbound Ritchie Marlboro Road, turn left on Ritchie Road, left on eastbound Pennsylvania Avenue/MD 4 and use that to get back onto southbound I-95.

7:23 A.M. UPDATE:

Another lane has reopened on the inner loop of the Beltway at Darcy Road. Now there are three lanes open and one lane blocked, so traffic should have a slightly easier time getting through that area.

6:35 A.M. UPDATE:

The right two lanes remain blocked on the inner loop of the Beltway at Darcy Road. Here's a detour, recommended by the Maryland State Highway Administration: Take westbound Ritchie Marlboro Road, turn left on Ritchie Road, left on eastbound Pennsylvania Avenue/MD 4 and use that to get back onto southbound I-95.

6:05 A.M. UPDATE:

A fatal accident Tuesday night closed the inner loop of the Beltway through much of the night. The driver of a tractor-trailer was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Maryland State Police. The driver's name has not been released yet, and there were no other injuries reported in the accident.

The two left lanes and left shoulder have all reopened, so drivers heading in that direction should stay to the left. The right lanes remain blocked.

There's no timetable yet for when the lanes will reopen. A tow truck is on the scene attempting to remove the tractor-trailer, reported the Maryland State Police.

ORIGINAL POST:

The inner loop of the Beltway was closed overnight due to an accident late Tuesday night. The inner loop was shut down after 11 p.m. near Darcy Road after a tractor-trailer caught fire in a three-vehicle accident. By 5:15 a.m. Wednesday morning, one lane had reopened. As of 5:45 a.m., two lanes were open to traffic again, leaving two lanes and one of the shoulders still closed.

The truck struck a bridge embankment of the Darcy Road overpass, and the underside of the bridge was damaged by fire, officials said. The overpass sustained significant damage and will remain closed until authorities can make sure it's safe, officials said. One person was evaluated at the scene by medics, but no other injuries were reported.

Check back with Dr. Gridlock for more and we'll keep you posted on when these lanes reopen.

By Washington Post Staff Writers  | February 16, 2011; 3:45 PM ET
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Commuting, Congestion  
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Comments

D'Arcy

Posted by: GreenMeansGo | February 16, 2011 8:13 AM | Report abuse

The truck hit an "embankment"? Maybe you mean abutment. Actually it was the support columns.

Posted by: DSHnVA | February 16, 2011 8:42 AM | Report abuse

I got stuck in the mess last night. There were so many police out there checking out the scene and once they got there fill of being there they turned around and left the scence with cars bumper to bumper.

PG finest did not take any action to turn cars around or be of any assistance. They did provide laugher when they told drivers that the we would be out there all night and into the early morning.

Well thanks to the truckers that were out there, they blocked off all the lands behind the fire and helped cars turn around and get our of the area. I did not get out until 1:45 am but I appreciate their help because PG finest did not care one bit.


Posted by: jvd1 | February 16, 2011 11:25 AM | Report abuse

I got stuck in the mess last night. There were so many police out there checking out the scene and once they got there fill of being there they turned around and left the scence with cars bumper to bumper.

PG finest did not take any action to turn cars around or be of any assistance. They did provide laugher when they told drivers that the we would be out there all night and into the early morning.

Well thanks to the truckers that were out there, they blocked off all the lands behind the fire and helped cars turn around and get our of the area. I did not get out until 1:45 am but I appreciate their help because PG finest did not care one bit.


Posted by: jvd1 | February 16, 2011 11:26 AM | Report abuse

I got stuck in the mess last night. There were so many police out there checking out the scene and once they got there fill of being there they turned around and left the scence with cars bumper to bumper.

PG finest did not take any action to turn cars around or be of any assistance. They did provide laugher when they told drivers that the we would be out there all night and into the early morning.

Well thanks to the truckers that were out there, they blocked off all the lands behind the fire and helped cars turn around and get our of the area. I did not get out until 1:45 am but I appreciate their help because PG finest did not care one bit.


Posted by: jvd1 | February 16, 2011 11:27 AM | Report abuse

So sorry for the loss of a innocent driver due to someone's driving error. Truck drivers always get a bad rap. I am glad some were able to help others trapped in the traffic last night.

A family has a loved one that will never walk thru the door again. Unattentive drivers risk our lives each day they get behind the wheel!

Posted by: Ross65 | February 16, 2011 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Bernard Madoff will never be freed.

Posted by: blasmaic | February 16, 2011 6:07 PM | Report abuse

they havent determined what caused i??? how about the KIA that drifted off the road in the first place.

Posted by: pattonjerome | February 22, 2011 3:19 AM | Report abuse

they havent determined what caused it ????? How about the KIa that drifted off the road1

Posted by: pattonjerome | February 22, 2011 3:21 AM | Report abuse

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