Beltway jammed near Route 50 in Maryland after crash

January 30, 2013

Update, 9:38 a.m.:

Only the left lanes of the inner and outer loops remain blocked following this morning’s crash on the Beltway near Route 50 in Prince George’s County. All other lanes have reopened, but traffic is still slow, and delays are expected to continue.

LANDOVER, MD January 30 : Emergency workers clear the tractor trailer that rear ended a firetruck sending 5 victims to area hospitals and causing massive delays on the inner and outer loops of the beltway on January 30, 2013 in Landover, MD (Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)
An early morning crash involving a fire engine, tractor-trailer and SUV wreaked havoc on the Capital Beltway in Maryland on Wednesday. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Update, 7:20 a.m.:

Two firefighters have been discharged from Prince George’s Hospital Center, and a third is expected to be released shortly following Wednesday morning’s collision of a fire truck and a tractor-trailer, West Lanham Hills fire officials reported. The fourth firefighter injured in the crash was transported from Prince George’s to Baltimore Union Memorial Hospital for additional treatment of critical injuries.

Emergency workers clear the tractor trailer that rear-ended a firetruck sending seven victims to area hospitals and causing massive delays on the inner and outer loops of the Beltway.(Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)
Emergency workers clear the tractor-trailer that rear-ended a firetruck sending seven victims to area hospitals and causing massive delays on the inner and outer loops of the Beltway.(Jonathan Newton — The Washington Post)

The crash scene on the highway has not yet been cleared by police investigators; a tow truck is on the scene to remove the overturned fire engine. Delays could continue through midday, officials said.

Drivers and emergency responders, including Prince George’s County Fire Chief Marc Bashoor, used Twitter to share information and photo of the wreckage.

Slow shoulder ONLY both loops I-95 open. Total if 7 injuries transported from scene lockerz.com/s/280297436 lockerz.com/s/280297444

— Marc Bashoor (@PGFD_Chief) January 30, 2013


Update, 5:57 a.m.:

Two lanes of the inner loop and three lanes of the outer loop of the Capital Beltway just south of U.S. 50 in Prince George’s County have reopened following a serious accident early Wednesday. All other Beltway lanes in that area remain closed.

Delays are expected to continue through the morning rush, and drivers are advised to take other routes.

Original post:

An accident on the inner loop of the Capital Beltway near Route 50 in Maryland sent seven people — including four firefighters — to the hospital and closed all lanes of traffic in both directions for more than an hour early Wednesday.

At the start of the morning rush, one lane in each direction was getting by.

According to fire officials, a Prince George’s County fire truck returning to the fire station after responding to an earlier accident was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer. The crash happened shortly before 3 a.m. on the inner loop just south of U.S. 50. Both the fire truck and the tractor-trailer overturned, blocking all lanes of the inner loop for more than an hour.

An SUV also overturned on the outer loop, an incident that officials described as a secondary part of the same accident. No additional details were immediately available on what caused the SUV to flip.

At least four West Lanham firefighters and three other people were taken to Prince George’s Hospital Center with serious injuries, according to officials. One of the firefighters was later transported to Baltimore Union Memorial Hospital in critical condition.

Officials said the crash remains under investigation.

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