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Posted at 06:04 AM ET, 07/31/2012

Overturned tractor trailer spills cucumbers, blocks inner loop lanes

An overturned tractor trailer spilled cucumbers on the Beltway during the Tuesday morning commute, leading to lane closures and heavy delays.

A Ford Fusion was on the inner loop of the Beltway just west of the Van Dorn Street exit shortly after 8 a.m. when it collided with a truck, according to the Virginia State Police. The truck struck a tractor trailer, which ran off the road, hit the jersey wall and veered back into the road before hitting an SUV and overturning.

Cucumbers spilled across the roadway, leaving just one inner loop lane open for nearly 90 minutes.

The driver of the truck sustained non-life threatning injuries and was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital. There were three children in the tractor trailer, but none of them were injured.

The driver of the Ford Fusion has serious but not life threatening injuries, and he has been taken to the same hospital. He has been charged with making an improper lane change.

The other drivers involved were uninjured, according to the state police.

This post has been updated.

9:15 A.M. Update:

The accident on the Intercounty Connector before the exit for Shady Grove Road is blocking one lane in each direction. Expect delays to linger there for a while.

The inner loop remains snarled at Van Dorn Street due to an overturned tractor trailer. Only the right lane and right shoulder are open, and delays continue.

9:05 A.M. Update:

The accident on the westbound Intercounty Connector before the exit for Shady Grove Road is still blocking two lanes.

An accident on southbound I-395 at 6th Street is blocking two lanes there.

9 A.M. Update:

The inner loop remains snarled at Van Dorn Street due to an overturned tractor trailer. Only the right lane and right shoulder are open, leading to massive delays on the Beltway.

8:40 A.M. Update:

An accident on the westbound Intercounty Connector before the exit for Shady Grove Road is blocking two lanes and one of the shoulders. Expect heavy delays.

8:35 A.M. Update:

There are Red Line delays due to signal problems impacting trains between Fort Totten and Glenmont.

An accident on the inner loop of the Beltway after Van Dorn Street is blocking multiple lanes; only the right lane can get by. This is leading to significant delays, as you might imagine, so expect problems heading that way.

8:25 A.M. Update:

An accident on the inner loop of the Beltway on the Maryland side of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge could lead to delays there.

8:15 A.M. Update:

There are also reports of Blue Line issues for trains heading to downtown from Virginia. An inbound Blue Line train is at Van Dorn Street, Metro just tweeted.

7:55 A.M. Update:

Signal problems on the Red Line could lead to delays for outbound trains between Fort Totten and Glenmont.

7:50 A.M. Update:

The bicycle rider has been taken to a local hospital and H Street has fully reopened. Expect some residual delays around Union Station.

7:40 A.M. Update:

Two lanes remain blocked on eastbound H Street between North Capitol and 2nd streets NE. Delays are building, so avoid that area.

7:25 A.M. Update:

The bicycle rider who was hit by a vehicle at 1st and H streets NE is awake and breathing with relatively minor injuries, according to D.C. police. Two lanes are blocked on eastbound H Street.

7:10 A.M. Update:

A bicycle rider was reportedly hit by a vehicle at 1st and H streets NE. Be careful out there.

7 A.M. Update:

There’s some debris on I-95 South after Central Avenue, and while no lane closures have been reported yet, it could lead to delays.

6:45 A.M. Update:

An accident on I-66 West at the Beltway is blocking the right shoulder.

6:25 A.M. Update:

MARC Penn Line train 554 is running 10 minutes late approaching Perryville.

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.

It’s going to be a hot and cloudy day, with potential rain coming this afternoon, according to the Capital Weather Gang.

There are no reported Metro, MARC or VRE delays so far this morning.

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