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Driver Killed in Fiery Wrong-Way Crash on Beltway in Prince George's: Police

The crash happened just beyond Maryland Route 214/Central Avenue overnight

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A driver is dead after colliding with a vehicle that was going the wrong way on the Capital Beltway in Prince George's County early Wednesday, Maryland State Police said.

The fiery crash and investigation shut down all lanes of the Outer Loop of Interstate 495 near Central Avenue for about six hours. All travel lanes reopened by 9:30 a.m., transportation officials said.

A driver in a Lincoln Navigator SUV was going southbound in the northbound lanes overnight and crashed into a Buick SUV, then one vehicle caught fire, police said.

Troopers responded about 3:30 a.m., police said.

The driver of the Buick was pronounced dead on the scene, police said.

One person was in each vehicle, police said. The names of those involved were not immediately released. Police didn’t say whether charges may be filed.

A Maryland State Police crash team is investigating.

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Traffic was backed up to Ritchie Marlboro Road in the area of Capitol Heights, Largo and Upper Marlboro, police said about 5 a.m. Delays persisted for more than six hours after the crash, officials said.

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