All Lanes Open on Beltway After Tractor-Trailer Crash

Traffic backed up for miles Friday morning after crash

What to Know

  • Two lanes of the Inner Loop are closed and the left lane of the Outer Loop is blocked as of about 7 a.m. Friday.
  • The closures are between MD-450 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway in New Carrollton, Maryland.

All lanes of the Capital Beltway are open again, hours after an 18-wheel tractor-trailer overturned in Prince George's County, leading to some lane closures.

Just before the crash on the Inner Loop between MD-450 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway in New Carrollton, Maryland, witness Devin Saunders called 911 to report a tractor-trailer being driven erratically.

“He had swerved from the far left all the way to the far right,” he said. “He did that two times, and then on the second time, I just pulled out my phone to start recording, and the rest is history.”

Saunders said he drives the Beltway daily delivering bread and had never seen anything like it.

“He hit the wall, and sparks start flying,” he said.

He said he and another person tried to help the driver.

“When we walked up, he was shaking real bad,” Saunders said.

State troopers and Prince George's County Fire and EMS quickly arrived, Saunders said.

“The firemen came, busted out the front window, and he actually, he just, he walked out,” he said. “He walked out through the front windshield with the cop.”

For hours Friday morning, traffic was only able to get by on the far right of the crash scene.

All lanes reopened before 1 p.m.

The driver was taken to a hospital and is expected to be OK.

All lanes of the Inner Loop were shut down initially.

A hazmat team went to the scene for a fuel tank leak.

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