Woman killed after stepping out of car on Beltway; motorists stuck for hours after pair of crashes

One of two cars involved in fatal crash is removed from the road. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
After several hours of inner loop closure after fatal crash, all lanes of Beltway at Van Dorn  are open to traffic. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
After several hours of inner loop closure after fatal crash, all lanes of Beltway at Van Dorn are open to traffic. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)

Traffic on the Inner Loop finally started moving again around 9 a.m. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
Traffic on the Inner Loop finally started moving again around 9 a.m. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)

Police on the scene of a serious Monday morning crash on the Inner Loop in Alexandria, Virginia. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
Police on the scene of the Monday morning crashes on the Inner Loop near Alexandria, Virginia. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)

One person is dead following a Monday morning crash on the Inner Beltway. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
One person is dead following Monday morning crashes on the Inner Loop. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)

An early morning crash on Monday blocked all lanes on the Inner Loop of the Capital Beltway near Van Dorn Street. (Courtesy VDOT)
Early Monday morning crashes blocked all lanes on the Inner Loop of the Capital Beltway near Van Dorn Street for hours. (Courtesy VDOT)

The crash happened near where a local coach was killed in an traffic incident over the weekend. (Courtesy VDOT)
The crashes happened near where a local coach was killed in a traffic incident in Alexandria. (Courtesy VDOT)

A new survey by Allstate Insurance says that drivers in D.C. and Baltimore are among the worst in the country (Courtesy VDOT)
Virginia police established complex detours around the crashes. (Courtesy VDOT)

Traffic on 95 is being diverted onto Eisenhower Avenue. (Courtesy VDOT)
Traffic on 95 was being diverted onto Eisenhower Avenue. (Courtesy VDOT)

Two vehicles were involved in a serious early morning crash on Monday. (Courtesy VDOT)
Two vehicles were involved in the first early morning crash on Monday. (Courtesy VDOT)

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After several hours of inner loop closure after fatal crash, all lanes of Beltway at Van Dorn  are open to traffic. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
Traffic on the Inner Loop finally started moving again around 9 a.m. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
Police on the scene of a serious Monday morning crash on the Inner Loop in Alexandria, Virginia. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
One person is dead following a Monday morning crash on the Inner Beltway. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
An early morning crash on Monday blocked all lanes on the Inner Loop of the Capital Beltway near Van Dorn Street. (Courtesy VDOT)
The crash happened near where a local coach was killed in an traffic incident over the weekend. (Courtesy VDOT)
A new survey by Allstate Insurance says that drivers in D.C. and Baltimore are among the worst in the country (Courtesy VDOT)
Traffic on 95 is being diverted onto Eisenhower Avenue. (Courtesy VDOT)
Two vehicles were involved in a serious early morning crash on Monday. (Courtesy VDOT)

WASHINGTON — A woman was killed early Monday morning in a pair of crashes on the Capital Beltway near Alexandria that closed the Inner Loop and left some motorists stranded for hours.

According to Virginia State Police, just before 5 a.m. the woman’s Nissan Maxima had stopped in the left center lane near the Van Dorn Street exit and was hit by a Chevrolet pickup truck.

After that initial collision, the unnamed female driver stepped out of her vehicle and was hit by a passing Chevrolet Malibu. She died at the scene, state police said.

One other person was taken to the hospital but was expected to survive, state police said.

Police did not know why the Nissan Maxima stopped in the travel lane.

The Inner Loop lanes reopened just before 9 a.m. but the resulting delays had rippled around the Beltway, creating heavier traffic as far away as Silver Spring as commuters found alternate routes around the closure.

Morning rush hour traffic was incredibly slow across the east side of the region, especially on Interstate 295 and D.C. Route 295. Beltway backups extended as far as 9 miles near Branch Avenue in Prince George’s County. Police in Maryland blocked access to through lanes in order to prevent Virginia-bound drivers from getting stuck in the traffic on the west side of the Wilson Bridge.

Motorist stuck behind the crash in the through lanes waited as long 3 hours before police were able to detour them around the crash.

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WTOP’s Will Vitka, Neal Augenstein and Dave Dildine contributed to this report.

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