Northbound BW Parkway reopens after crash leaves 1 dead, 1 injured

Northbound Baltimore-Washington Parkway was closed for about five hours after a crash that left one man dead and another person injured Friday morning.

The U.S. Park Police said up to five cars were involved in the crash, which happened around 6:30 a.m. on the northbound lanes of the parkway just south of Powder Mill Road.

One man died at the scene and another man was taken by a medevac helicopter to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, authorities said.

At about 11:30, the lanes were reopened, said Reada Kessler in the WTOP Traffic Center. Residual delays remained, including on roads leading to the parkway, such as the Beltway.

The Park Police were diverting all traffic onto Route 193.

Traffic cameras near the scene showed hundreds of vehicles stopped. The southbound lanes remained open.

Here’s what the Baltimore-Washington Parkway looked like in the 10 a.m. hour. (Courtesy CHART)

Below is a map of the area.

Commuters on the Capital Beltway also experienced delays Friday morning after an overnight crash involving a tractor-trailer. The tractor-trailer rolled over after striking a disabled vehicle, a WTOP listener who saw the crash told WTOP Traffic.

No one was injured, the Maryland State Police said.

The Outer Loop crash was reported around 1:40 a.m. and closed the Outer Loop overnight.

As of 11 a.m., the lanes have reopened, but the remains of the crash are on the shoulder.

Overnight, a crash involving a tractor-trailer and at least one vehicle left debris on the Outer Loop. (Courtesy CHART)

WTOP’s Rick Massimo, Colleen Kelleher and Luke Garrett contributed to this report.

Rick Massimo

Rick Massimo came to WTOP, and to Washington, in 2013 after having lived in Providence, R.I., since he was a child. He's the author of "A Walking Tour of the Georgetown Set" and "I Got a Song: A History of the Newport Folk Festival."

Will Vitka

William Vitka is a Digital Writer/Editor for He's been in the news industry for over a decade. Before joining WTOP, he worked for CBS News, Stuff Magazine, The New York Post and wrote a variety of books—about a dozen of them, with more to come.

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