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The break in the 12-inch main was contained at about 7 p.m. Thursday, but it could still cause some problems for the Friday morning commute. (WTOP/Kathy Stewart)

WASHINGTON — A Prince George’s County road is expected to be closed through Friday morning’s rush hour after a 12-inch water main break spewed millions of gallons of water onto the street.

The water main break happened on Rhode Island Avenue at Crittenden Street in Hyattsville at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday. The break caused a loss of about 6 million gallons and covered the road during the Thursday afternoon rush hour.

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission said the break in the 12-inch main was contained at about 7 p.m. Thursday.

All but one southbound lane of Rhode Island Avenue will remain closed during Friday morning’s rush hour while repairs are made to the 73-year-old pipe.

The Associated Press and Kathy Stewart contributed to this report. Follow @WTOP on Twitter and WTOP on Facebook.

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