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Posted at 06:03 AM ET, 08/29/2012

I-95 North still slow approaching Fairfax County Parkway; MARC delays

8:50 A.M. Update:

Delays are still a problem for I-95 North approaching the Fairfax County Parkway. Again, all lanes are open on I-95 North after the earlier tanker truck fire, but the exit ramp to northbound Fairfax County Parkway is still closed.

A tanker truck loaded with about 9,000 gallons of fuel was on the ramp from the Fairfax County Parkway to I-95 North when it overturned at about 2:14 a.m., police say. The fire was contained at about 5 a.m. and authorities found the driver inside the truck. The driver was dead, but it’s still unclear if the driver died in the fire or at some other point.

8:25 A.M. Update:

A disabled vehicle on the inner loop of the Beltway at the Little River Turnpike is blocking the right shoulder.

8:20 A.M. Update:

MARC Penn Line train 419 left Baltimore 23 minutes late.

8:10 A.M. Update:

The vehicle fire on I-95’s reversible lane in Lorton has been cleared.

8 A.M. Update:

Heavy delays remain for I-95 North approaching the Fairfax County Parkway. The good news is that once you get through Newington, the delays do clear up.

Again, all lanes are open on I-95 North after the earlier tanker truck fire. The exit ramp to northbound Fairfax County Parkway is still closed.

Another headache for drivers on this roadway: A vehicle fire on I-95 near Lorton is blocking one reversible lane.

I-395 North is also unusually snarled, with severe delays reported essentially off and on from the Springfield Interchange to the 14th Street Bridge.

The disabled vehicle on westbound Sandy Spring Road at I-95 is still blocking the right acceleration lane as well as one of the shoulders.

7:45 A.M. Update:

The disabled vehicle on the inner loop of the Beltway at Braddock Road has been cleared and the northbound entrance ramp cleared.

MARC Penn Line train 419 is now expected to leave Baltimore 35 to 40 minutes late. (This is due to late equipment arriving from the similarly delayed train 404.) Again, the train is running one car short, so expect overcrowding on the remaining cars. Amtrak train 151 will handle rider from Baltimore.

MARC Brunswick Line train 876 is running 10 to 12 minutes late.

7:30 A.M. Update:

A disabled vehicle on the inner loop of the Beltway at Braddock Road is blocking the northbound entrance ramp.

And a disabled vehicle on westbound Sandy Spring Road at I-95 is blocking the right acceleration lane.

7:25 A.M. Update:

MARC Penn Line train 404, originally scheduled to leave Washington at 6:35 a.m., departed 42 minutes behind schedule. It will run express service to Odenton.

Additionally, Penn Line train 419 is going to run 35 to 40 minutes late. And that train will be one car short this morning, so expect crowding on the remaining cars.

7:15 A.M. Update:

Delays are still a big problem on I-95 North at the Fairfax County Parkway, with delays stretching nearly back to Woodbridge. Expect headaches as more and more drivers hit the road and join this congestion.

Again, all lanes are open on I-95 North, but the exit ramp to northbound Fairfax County Parkway is closed, and that is coupling with delays from the earlier lane closure to create these problems.

6:50 A.M. Update:

The right lane on I-95 North at the Fairfax County Parkway has reopened, so all lanes of I-95 North are open again. Heavy delays still remain approaching this spot.

The exit to northbound Fairfax County Parkway remains closed, as does the ramp from southbound Fairfax County Parkway to Route 1.

6:40 A.M. Update:

MARC train 404 is leaving Washington 25 to 30 minutes late due to mechanical issues that require swapping equipment. Amtrak train 130 will take passengers at New Carrollton, BWI and Baltimore.

6:25 A.M. Update:

A tanker truck was engulfed by flames after it overturned trying to merge onto I-95 North early Wednesday morning, according to the Virginia State Police. The driver was found dead inside the truck.

The tanker truck loaded with 9,000 gallons of fuel was on the ramp from the Fairfax County Parkway to I-95 North when it overturned at about 2:14 a.m., police say. The fire was contained at about 5 a.m. and authorities found the driver inside the truck. The driver was dead, but it’s unclear at this time if the driver died in the fire or at some other point.

The far right lane of I-95 North remains blocked at the Fairfax County Parkway. The other three lanes and the H.O.V. lanes remain open. Exit 166B, which is the ramp to the northbound Fairfax County Parkway, remains closed, as does the ramp from the southbound Fairfax County Parkway to Route 1.

There are heavy delays on I-95 North approaching this scene.

Authorities continue to investigate the crash. Police are also still trying to notify the driver’s next of kin.

Original Post:

Good morning, commuters! We’ll be keeping an eye on the roads and rails this morning, reporting any delays or issues — and we will need your help.

If you see or hear about any congestion, delays or problems, tell us in the comments section below or by tweeting @drgridlock.

Today’s weather should be pretty decent, according to the Capital Weather Gang. It might get a little warm, but otherwise it should be quite pleasant.

So far:

— A tractor trailer accident on I-95 North at the Fairfax County Parkway is blocking the right lane on I-95 North. The crash is also blocking access from the Fairfax County Parkway to I-95 North. Exit 166A is open, but exit 166B is blocked. Expect delays.

— And, for later this morning: Tree maintenance on Beach Drive will close a chunk of the roadway this week. Beach Drive will be closed between West Beach Drive NW to the Maryland/D.C. border. The closure will occur on Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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