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All lanes of NB I-95 open

Monday - 8/8/2011, 8:44am  ET

tractor trailer accident I95 lorton (WTOP Photo/Kristi King)
Here's what's left of the tractor trailer after the fire. (WTOP Photo/Kristi King)
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Details on what happened

WTOP's Kristi King reports.


LORTON, Va. -- All lanes of northbound Interstate 95 in Prince William County are now open, 6 1/2 hours after a deadly tractor trailer crash completely shut down the northbound lanes.

All of the main line lanes after Lorton Road were closed for five hours, sending the morning commute into a tailspin along I-95. Authorities then opened two lanes.

The High Occupancy Vehicle lanes were shut down for four hours, but reopened just after 6 a.m. There were no restrictions Monday morning in the HOV lanes for I-95/395.

A tractor trailer hauling produce struck a Virginia Department of Transportation contractor's truck. The contractor was putting reflectors on the highway just after 2 a.m. The crash created a huge fire and killed the tractor trailer driver, according to Virginia State Police.

The VDOT contractor who saw the tractor trailer coming managed to jump over a barrier to avoid the crash. He broke his arm.

The crash occurred after Lorton Road but before the Pohick Road overpass.

Traffic was being diverted off of I-95 at Lorton Road.

U.S. 1, which was being used as an alternative, remained very congested all morning.

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