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Accident Closes Part Of I-495 in Virginia

An accident on I-495 Northbound at the Braddock Road exit has caused closures and likely delays this morning. The north right lane, entrance ramp and exit ramp are all closed, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation. [UPDATES BELOW]

6 A.M. UPDATE: The Virginia State Police said the incident was reported this morning at 3:45 a.m. The accident has closed the service road on the northbound side of I-495. They reported that all other lanes and the exit ramps are open, so they believe traffic should not be impacted that much.

6:35 A.M. UPDATE: Conflicting reports have emerged from the Virginia State Police and the Virginia Department of Transportation. The Virginia State Police reports that all travel lanes are open and just the service lane is closed. The Virginia Department of Transportation reported that the exit from I-495 North to Braddock Road is closed.

And -- from a commuter literally driving past that exit as we speak -- we have a winner: The exit from I-495 North to Braddock is indeed closed. You can still get onto I-495 from Braddock Road, though. Backups on I-495 North begin at the 395 interchange, according to the commuter. And there is a separate accident on 495 Northbound just before the Braddock Road exit, but it's already on the shoulder and out of the way.

Suggested alternate route: Take I-495 North to Little River Turnpike, exit and and get back on I-495 South. You can get off on Braddock Road from there.

As for what happened, VDOT reported that the tractor-trailer hit a jersey wall very early this morning. Diesel fuel leaked onto the road and caused the holdups as they were cleaning it up.

7:15 A.M. UPDATE: The exit ramp and all lanes are now open on I-495 North at Braddock Road, according to VDOT. The exit to Braddock Road reopened just before 7 a.m. The truck is still there, but on the service road and out of the way for traffic. There were other minor accidents on I-495 North just before Braddock Road, but they are on the shoulders and out of the way, according to Darlene Habron, traffic controller with VDOT. She says traffic is improving and moving along nicely now.

By Mark Berman  |  November 25, 2009; 5:37 AM ET
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