Two inner loop lanes reopened at Rockville Pike

9:45 A.M. Update:

One inner loop lane remains closed as crews continue to clean up from the earlier tractor trailer accidents. There are delays, but nothing particularly major for traffic around Old Georgetown Road. 

8:05 A.M. Update:

The left two lanes have both reopened on the inner loop of the Beltway near Rockville Pike, according to the Maryland State Police. Only the right lane and both shoulders remain blocked as crews continue to clean up after the tractor trailer accidents earlier this morning.

The right lane could reopen by 8:30 a.m., police report. 

7:50 A.M. Update

One lane has reopened on the inner loop of the Beltway between Old Georgetown Road and Rockville Pike. Expect massive delays to remain as traffic squeezes through the one open lane. 

Original Post:

The inner loop of the Beltway is shut down between Old Georgetown Road and Rockville Pike following two separate accidents involving tractor trailers and fuel spills. The Maryland State Police warn that because they have to drain the fuel from both spills, this roadway could remain blocked through the morning rush.

The first accident occurred at around 2 a.m. early Friday morning when a tractor trailer crashed. Crews were going to move it when its tanks ruptured at around 4:30 a.m., according to the state police. That’s when a second tractor trailer approached the area, jackknifed and spilled its fuel. There are no reported injuries. 

Drivers are being directed to take northbound I-270 to Democracy Boulevard and continue onto I-270 or back to the Beltway, depending on where they are heading. 

Tow trucks are on the scene, but because they have to drain the fuel, it should take some time. An exact timeframe is not available, but the state police warned that it could last through the rest of the morning rush. 
 
This post has been updated.
Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He runs Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.

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Mark Berman · October 18, 2012