Woman Fatally Struck While Outside Car After Beltway Crash in Virginia

A woman who was involved in a crash on the Capital Beltway's inner loop was killed after she got out of her car and was struck by another vehicle early Monday.

The victim's Nissan Maxima stopped in the left travel lane for an unknown reason just before 5 a.m., according to Virginia State Police. A pickup truck traveling in the same direction tried to avoid the victim's car but accidentally hit it.

Police say the driver of the Maxima got out of her car and walked into another travel lane, where she was struck by another vehicle.

The woman died at the scene. She has not been identified yet.

A second person was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

The inner loop of the Beltway was closed for several hours, snarling traffic during the Monday morning commute.

"You just have to sit there, really," said driver Mike Maio. "There's nothing else to do."

The inner loop reopened nearly four hours later. 

The cause of the crash is under investigation. 

If your vehicle breaks down, AAA says you should pull off the road, make sure your vehicle is visible to other drivers and remain inside until a police officer or roadside assistance provider arrives. 

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