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Inner loop of Capital Beltway reopened in Virginia, man charged in accident

Updated at 1:56 p.m.

Police said they have charged the driver of an SUV in a Wednesday afternoon accident that involved a tractor trailer and shut down the inner loop of the Beltway for two hours.

Nakatoke Kapingiri, 40, of the District, was driving a 1998 Ford Explorer north on Interstate 495 near the American Legion Bridge when it “swerved to miss a cardboard box in its lane,” police said.

Police said Kapingiri lost control of the vehicle and ran off the left side of the road, where it struck a Jersey barrier. The SUV “then spun back across the northbound lanes and ran off the right shoulder into the guardrail,” police said.

At the same time, a tractor-trailer traveling northbound tried to avoid the SUV and jackknifed across the roadway. The two vehicles did not hit each other, police said.

Kapingiri was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital and is being treated for serious but non-life threatening injuries. He was charged with failing to maintain control of his vehicle.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was a man from Kentucky and was not injured in the accident, police said. His truck was carrying cabinets.

The roadway was shutdown for almost two hours and reopened just before 1 p.m.

Updated at 1:04 p.m.

Police said the inner loop of the Capital Beltway has reopened after an earlier incident involving a tractor trailer and an SUV.

The roadway reopened as of 12:49 p.m., according to Virginia State Police, after being closed near the American Legion Bridge.

The incident occurred just before 11 a.m. and involved a tractor trailer that “jackknifed across the northbound lanes as it attempted to avoid striking an SUV that had lost control,” police said.

The driver of the SUV was flown to a nearby hospital for treatment of serious injuries. State police said they had no updates on the condition of the tractor-trailer driver at this time.

Original post at 12:22 p.m.

The inner loop of the Capital Beltway near the American Legion Bridge in Virginia is shut down because of a Wednesday morning accident involving a tractor-trailer, according to Virginia State Police.

Police said it is not clear how long the roadway will be shutdown. The incident occurred around 11:30 a.m. and no fatalities no have reported at this time. The accident involved an SUV and a tractor-trailer that apparently jack-knifed in the roadway, police said.




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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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