Commuters on a busy roadway in Southeast D.C. Monday were stuck in lengthy delays after a truck carrying trash overturned on westbound I-695/Southeast Freeway, spilling diesel across the highway and debris onto roadways below.
The crash occurred before sunrise Monday just prior to Exit 1D, D.C. Fire and EMS says. Several roads have been closed in the area as crews work to clean up the mess.
All roads have since reopened.
Police closed westbound lanes on I-695 before Exit 1D. The 11th Street Bridge inbound remains closed, but all lanes on 11th Street have reopened.
Drivers on I-295 cannot take the 11th Street Bridge exit, which funnels commuters toward downtown D.C.
An eastbound transition lane from I-695 to I-395 was also blocked.
Chopper4 shows lengthy delays are building in the area, especially on I-295. Officials say a tow crane is en route to move the truck.
Drivers can take the Douglass, Sousa or Whitney Young bridges instead of the 11th Street Bridge.
The tractor-trailer was carrying trash when it overturned, D.C. Fire said.
Trash fell onto the streets below, forcing crews to close 11th Street between K and M Street SE, D.C. Fire says. Those lanes have reopened.
The driver was able to get themselves out of the truck.
A hazardous materials team, D.C. Police, the department of transportation and a heavy-duty crane are responding to the scene for cleanup, officials say.
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