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Beltway Lanes Reopen After Accident

All lanes on the inner loop of the Capitol Beltway near College Park have reopened after a serious accident that left two women critically injured and snarled traffic at the start of this afternoon's commute, authorities say.
Two cars collided just before 2:30 p.m. near the exit to Rt 1. One flipped over several times and then crashed into the cement underpass at the intersection. The second car also sustained major damage. The drivers were pinned and required extrication, said Mark Brady, spokesman for the Prince George's County Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department.
It took rescue workers nearly an hour to remove and transport the two women and a male passenger in the car that did not flip over. Several other cars were also damaged.
The woman in the car that rolled over sustained critical, life threatening injuries, Brady said. The other woman was also in critical condition, but her injuries were not considered life threatening, he said.
The crash briefly closed all travels lanes on the inner loop, and traffic was diverted to the right shoulder. Traffic in the left lane and shoulder of the outer loop were also briefly closed.
--Aaron C. Davis

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 21, 2009; 5:16 PM ET
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