I-495 South re-opens in Lanham

Updated at 6:52 a.m.

All four lanes of the inner loop of the Beltway have re-opened after an earlier fatal accident caused all lanes to be shut down for several hours.

Original post at 5:57 a.m.

A fatal accident closed all southbound lanes of I-495 South near Route 50 in Maryland early Tuesday, but two lanes were reopened by 5:30 a.m.

Maryland State Police said all lanes would be open shortly.

The accident occurred just after 3 a.m. when a vehicle traveling on a ramp from the inner loop of the Beltway onto eastbound Route 50 hit the guardrail. The man got out of the car after the accident, police said, and apparently jumped off the overpass into on coming traffic on I-495.

He was struck by another vehicle and died on the scene.

Policed said they had not yet identified the man.

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Dana Hedgpeth is the Washington Post’s lead reporter in covering the Metro rail and bus systems in the D.C. region and the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) that runs them.
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