Northeast DC

Huge Steel Beams Fall Off Truck, Injure Driver on DC Highway

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One person is hurt after two enormous steel beams fell off a truck and onto a highway in Northeast D.C., officials say. 

The metal girders slammed onto northbound I-295 prior to the Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue exit on Monday afternoon, the fire department said. Photos show one beam spanning several lanes of traffic; the other was propped up almost vertically. 

The driver of a minivan hit one of the girders. A photo appears to show that their airbag deployed. The driver was taken to a hospital with an injury that was not believed to be life-threatening. 

The driver of the truck that dropped the beams fled, the fire department said. They received a report that the truck struck a nearby bridge. That bridge was not damaged, a fire department spokesman said.

All lanes of I-295 northbound were closed as crews awaited vehicles that could remove the beams. Cleanup was complete by about 5:30 p.m. and all lanes were gradually reopening to traffic.


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