One person was killed and two others were taken to a hospital after their car spun out on the Beltway, causing them to be stuck by a tractor-trailer, Maryland State Police said.
Amid snowy and slippery conditions about 3:50 a.m. Friday, the driver of a Chevrolet Traverse lost control and was hit by the tractor-trailer that couldn't stop in time. The Chevrolet was pushed across all outbound lanes of the Beltway and slammed into the median.
Three people were trapped in the Chevrolet and had to be freed by Prince George's County Fire, police said.
The front seat passenger, 47-year-old Linh Khuong, died at the scene, police said. The driver, 49-year-old Hoang Nguyen, and back seat passenger, 49-year-old Duoc Vo, were taken to Prince George's Hospital Center.
The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured.
There's no sign that either driver was impaired, police said.
Video from the crash site showed a severely damaged, white SUV facing the wrong direction on the road.
Police closed all lanes of the Outer Loop, causing a massive, stand-still traffic backup. Drivers were forced to divert to U.S. Route 1 until about 7:30 a.m. when two lanes reopened. All lanes reopened by 8:30 a.m.
Maryland and Virginia state police responded to at least six crashes on the Beltway alone before sunrise as wet, slushy snow fell through the D.C. area.