Wilson Bridge crash kills two people

The crash shut down the Outer Loop for seven hours. (WTOP/Megan O\'Rourke)

WASHINGTON – Two people are dead after a fiery, three-car crash on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge early Saturday morning.

The LOCAL lanes of Interstate 495 on the Outer Loop on the bridge reopened just after 10 a.m. They had been closed for seven hours.

The crash occurred around 3 a.m. on the Maryland side of the bridge.

Maryland State Police say a 2009 Dodge car was traveling at a “very high rate of speed” when it rear-ended a Chevy Cobalt.

The Dodge’s driver lost control and slammed into the back of a tractor trailer.

The Dodge immediately caught fire.

The backseat passenger of the Dodge managed to get out of car, but the driver and front seat passenger could not.

The driver and front seat passenger were pronounced dead at the scene, police say. The backseat passenger was flown to Prince George’s Hospital Center.

The driver of the tractor trailer was also taken to Prince George’s Hospital Center.

Police say the injuries of the passenger and the tractor trailer driver are not believed to be life-threatening.

The driver and passenger of the Chevy were not injured, police say.

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