Turns out the best way to tie up traffic on your morning commute is to just add water.
As rain hit the region early Wednesday, four crashes occurred in the space of an hour on the Capital Beltway in Montgomery and Fairfax counties. They caused significant delays and backed up traffic on roads around the region.
First, a crash on the outer loop at Colesville Road at about 6:45 a.m. made normal morning traffic a mess. The crash blocked the right lane.
Not long after, a crash on the inner loop blocked the right lane on the Beltway before Connecticut Avenue. Police were able to clear it quickly; however, a crash then occurred on the inner loop before Rockville Pike.
The Montgomery County crashes not only caused jams on the Beltway, they also forced drivers to hit the brakes on I-95 and I-270. As of 8 a.m., inbound drivers on I-95 were moving at 20 miles per hour. On, I-270 speeds were as low as 15 miles per hour.
Outer loop commuters in the county were forced to move at just 10 miles per hour, and those on the inner loop found themselves just 10 miles an hour faster.
In Fairfax County, a crash took away two lanes on the inner loop before Georgetown Pike shortly after 7 a.m. By 8 a.m., delays stretched 13 miles back to the Springfield Interchange.
Drivers were also experiencing jams on the Dulles Toll Road and I-66.