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Baltimore-Washington Parkway reopens after accident

10:30 A.M. UPDATE: The northbound lanes have reopened.

8:45 A.M. UPDATE: The car involved in the crash had a single occupant who sustained "serious injuries," said Park Police spokesman David Schlosser. The occupant, an adult male who the Park Police did not identify, has been transported by the Park Police to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The car went off the right side of the road and into the trees, and it took about 90 minutes to extricate the man from the car. They don't know at this point what caused the accident, and they are on the scene trying to determine the cause.

ORIGINAL POST: An accident involving a single car has closed all northbound lanes of the Baltimore Washington Parkway/295 this morning, according to the U.S. Park Police. The crash happened between 32 and 175; traffic heading north is diverted at 32 and will remain that way for a while, likely through the morning rush. The crash, which was reported to the Park Police at 6:23 a.m., is believed to involve a single car hitting a tree. There is at least one serious injury (and extricating that person from the car took a while) resulting in someone transported to an area hospital.

Drivers who see this before heading north in that direction might want to consider taking I-95 North instead (if you have to be on 295 North at some point north of the beltway, you could take 198 West to connect to I-95 just before the closures begin, but you'd likely still hit backups) or heading further west to take 29.

By Mark Berman  |  December 30, 2009; 8:10 AM ET
 
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