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Accidents close I-495 lanes, Suitland Parkway


Accidents in Montgomery and Prince George's counties earlier this morning closed parts of I-495 and Suitland Parkway. Here's the information on both incidents:

I-495 OUTER LOOP -- A tractor-trailer jackknifed at 4:30 a.m. this morning and is currently blocking the two right lanes just prior to Georgia Avenue, according to Cpl. Shusko of the Maryland State Police. He said there is a haz-mat situation -- a diesel spill -- so the lanes will not be reopened in the immediate future.

SUITLAND PARKWAY -- A pedestrian was struck on Suitland Parkway at Naylor Avenue at 3:07 a.m. and taken to Prince George's Hospital Center with multiple critical injuries, said Sgt. David Schlosser of the U.S. Park Police. He said the driver of the striking vehicle remained on the scene. Suitland Parkway is closed at Branch Avenue and Naylor Avenue is closed at Southern Avenue while the Park Police crash reconstruction technicians are working at the scene. Roads are expected to open in the near future.

6:45 A.M. UPDATE: All lanes are reopened on Suitland Parkway and Naylor Avenue, Schlosser said.

7:30 A.M. UPDATE: There is still one outer loop lane closure on 495, according to the Maryland State Police.

7:40 A.M. UPDATE: More information about the Suitland Parkway accident: The pedestrian was declared dead at Prince George's Hospital Center, Schlosser said. Two vehicles hit the pedestrian, an adult male whose name can't be released until contact is made with his next-of-kin. And both vehicles were owned by the U.S. Secret Service, according to Schlosser. He said they believe there were no protectees, just vehicles owned by the Secret Service being moved somewhere.

8:35 A.M. UPDATE: The lane closure on 495 remains unchanged, according to the Maryland State Police. They are still cleaning up from the accident.

9:45 A.M. UPDATE: All lanes are now open on 495, the Maryland State Police report.

By Mark Berman  |  November 11, 2009; 6:10 AM ET
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What's up with the change on the Roosevelt bridge from 4 inbound lanes to 3?

Posted by: NNevada | November 11, 2009 8:43 AM | Report abuse

It's normally 3 lanes in, 4 lanes out. Since today is a holiday, the normal default traffic pattern is in effect.
Just like Canal Road, Connecticut Ave., 16th Street, etc.

Posted by: thetan | November 11, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

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