Police chase ends with crash that blocks I-95 southbound in Va. for hours

All the main lanes of southbound I-95 were blocked near the Fairfax County Parkway. (Courtesy VDOT)

The main lanes of southbound Interstate 95 have reopened at the Fairfax County Parkway Friday morning after being blocked for about three hours because of a crash involving a tanker truck that arose out of a police chase.

The Express Lanes have been reversed early and will be southbound.

The Virginia State Police said in a statement that around 8 a.m. they were trying to stop a car on the Capital Beltway near I-95 they said was reported stolen from Maryland.

When the man didn’t stop, the police gave chase, and the car hit a tanker truck, went across the road, striking a Jersey barrier near Exit 166, the exit for the Fairfax County Parkway.

The driver was flown to a hospital for what the police described as life-threatening injuries.

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Rick Massimo

Rick Massimo came to WTOP, and to Washington, in 2012 after having lived in Providence, R.I., since he was a child. He went to George Washington University as an undergraduate and is regularly surprised at the changes to the city since that faraway time.

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