I-495 South re-opens in Lanham

January 21, 2014

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 a Post reporter, working the early morning, reporting on traffic, crime and other local issues.
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