Nine vehicles involved in crash in Third Street tunnel

Updated at 7:00 p.m.

The Third Street tunnel has reopened following a nine-car pile-up that closed the northbound lanes for nearly three hours. Officials said that northbound I-395 remains backed up for about a mile and a half.

The crash occurred just before 4 p.m. in the northbound lanes of the Third Street tunnel near Massachusetts Avenue in the District, police spokesman Hugh Carew said.

Three people were hospitalized with injuries that were not life-threatening. The accident involved a dump truck and several cars in an apparent chain reaction.

Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.
Julie Zauzmer is a local news reporter.
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