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Fatal accident reported on U.S. 301

Here's a round-up of some of the trouble spots in the region as we head into the weekend:

6:32 p.m. Update: A 63-year-old woman was killed Friday afternoon in Bowie when her car ran off the road and struck a tree, authorities said.

Maryland State Police did not immediately identify the woman pending notification of her family. Sgt. Michael Dornberger said the woman was driving a Toyota Camry north on Route 301 near Pointer Ridge Drive around 2:30 p.m. when the accident occurred.

Dornberger said the cause of the crash has not yet been determined. He said investigators are looking into the possibility that the woman suffered from a medical emergency that caused her to lose control of the car.

-- Maria Glod

6:10 p.m. Update: An accident on I-95 northbound at Ritchie Marlboro Road blocks the left lane. Stay to the right.

5:15 p.m. Update: According to the state of Maryland, the left shoulder and the left lane of 301 on the northbound side are blocked due to the accident.

4:55 p.m. Update: The accident on U.S. 301 at Pointer Ridge Drive involves a fatality, according to traffic reporting services. Police are on the scene. Expect delays while the investigation continues.

-- D.C. Fire/EMS officials report that a tree and wires are down at Fifth and Farragut streets NW. There is a power outage. Expect delays in the area.

4:30 p.m. Update:
-- A disabled bus is affecting traffic on Suitland Parkway eastbound at Stanton Road in Southeast Washington. Delays extend to the Frederick Douglass Bridge. Keep in mind that baseball fans will soon be heading to Nationals Park, too, for the beginning of the Nats' 10-day homestand, so traffic could be difficult in this area.

Original post:
-- UPDATE: Two right lanes are blocked. The right lane of New Hampshire Avenue northbound is blocked at 495 due to an accident. Keep to the left.
-- UPDATE: This has been cleared. A disabled tractor-ratiler has blocked the two left leanes of I-95 at Route 198.
-- U.S. 301 northbound at Pointer Ridge Drive: The left lane is closed due to an accident.

By Michael Bolden  |  April 16, 2010; 4:13 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting  
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