Car Fire Shuts Down Outer Loop In Maryland
7:12 A.M. UPDATE: All lanes are now being reopened to traffic, the Maryland State Police report. The car fire has been extinguished and the car has been moved to the shoulder. While the state police aren't sure what caused it, they believe it was a mechanical issue.
Regardless of the lanes reopening, the backups will remain. Traffic cameras show I-495 lanes moving very slowly, though some improvements are visible.
ORIGINAL POST: A car fire has shut down the outer loop of the Beltway, according to the Maryland State Police. The car is stopped in the middle of the road on I-495 and the entire outer loop is shut down at New Hampshire Avenue. It reopens at the next exit, which is University Avenue/193.
The state police are not sure what happened, and report there is no indication there was a collision, but the fire department is on the scene. The lanes will remain closed until the fire can be extinguished and the car moved from the road.
December 8, 2009; 7:01 AM ET
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