Police ID truck driver killed in fiery crash on Wilson Bridge

The fire is in the outer loop portion of the bridge. Smoke has shut down traffic on the inner loop. (Courtesy MDOT)
The fire was in the Outer Loop portion of the bridge. Smoke had shut down traffic on the Inner Loop. (Courtesy “Coach Gator” via Twitter) (Courtesy "Coach Gator" via Twitter)
Wednesday's Wilson Bridge fire apparently began with a collision involving a boom truck. (Courtesy "Coach Gator" via Twitter)
Wednesday’s Wilson Bridge fire began with a collision involving a boom truck. (Courtesy “Coach Gator” via Twitter) (Courtesy "Coach Gator" via Twitter)
The fire is in the outer loop portion of the bridge. Smoke has shut down traffic on the inner loop. (Courtesy MDOT)
The fire was in the Outer Loop portion of the bridge. Smoke shut down traffic on the Inner Loop. (Courtesy MDOT) (Courtesy MDOT)
All lanes were blocked on the Wilson Bridge Wednesday. (Courtesy NBC Washington)
Lanes were blocked on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (Courtesy NBC Washington) (Courtesy NBC Washington)
The view from Alexandria (Courtesy Fernando Granados via Twitter)
The view from Alexandria (Courtesy Fernando Granados via Twitter) (Courtesy Fernando Granados via Twitter)
(1/5)
The fire is in the outer loop portion of the bridge. Smoke has shut down traffic on the inner loop. (Courtesy MDOT)
Wednesday's Wilson Bridge fire apparently began with a collision involving a boom truck. (Courtesy "Coach Gator" via Twitter)
The fire is in the outer loop portion of the bridge. Smoke has shut down traffic on the inner loop. (Courtesy MDOT)
All lanes were blocked on the Wilson Bridge Wednesday. (Courtesy NBC Washington)
The view from Alexandria (Courtesy Fernando Granados via Twitter)

WASHINGTON — The driver of a tractor-trailer who died in a fiery crash on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge last week has been identified as a 60-year-old New Jersey man.

Maryland State Police said Rodell Jones, of Bordentown, New Jersey, was driving a 2016 truck tractor and towing an empty 53-foot box trailer owned by JB Hunt Transport when he crashed into a crash-attenuator truck and then a bucket truck in a work zone on the Outer Loop lanes of the Wilson Bridge June 20.

The crash engulfed the trucks, spread to a pickup truck parked on the shoulder, and sent thick clouds of billowing black smoke that led officials to close down Inner Loop lanes for several hours.

Witnesses likened the crash to an explosion or to a bomb going on off.

Jones was pronounced dead at the scene and was identified by the medical examiner through dental records, state police said.

Seven other people were injured in the crash. Most were treated and released, although one person was taken to the hospital.

The crash, which came shortly before 11 a.m., snarled traffic across the D.C. region for 12 hours.

After the crash, three workers who were working in a bucket underneath the bridge were left stranded and had to be rescued by boat by members of the Prince George’s County police department.

Authorities are still investigating the crash. They said they don’t know why the truck barreled into the work zone, which was properly marked along the left shoulder on the northbound through lanes of Interstate 95/Interstate 495.


Like WTOP on Facebook and follow @WTOP on Twitter to engage in conversation about this article and others.

© 2018 WTOP. All Rights Reserved. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.

More from WTOP

Log in to your WTOP account for notifications and alerts customized for you.

Sign up