Fatal Capital Beltway crash closed roadway for hours

Two right lanes of the Outer Loop, and all lanes of the Inner Loop, of the Capital Beltway reopened at about 10 a.m. after a fatal tractor-trailer crash. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
Two right lanes of the Outer Loop, and all lanes of the Inner Loop, of the Capital Beltway reopened at about 10 a.m. after a fatal tractor-trailer crash. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)

(WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
(WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
(WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
Boxes of clothes are littering the Outer Loop of the Beltway after a fata crash in the early morning of Feb. 19, 2016. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
Boxes of clothes are littering the Outer Loop of the Beltway after a fatal crash in the early morning of Feb. 19, 2016. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)

Boxes of clothes are littering the Outer Loop of the Beltway after a fata crash in the early morning of Feb. 19, 2016. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
Boxes of clothes are littering the Outer Loop of the Beltway after a fatal crash in the early morning of Feb. 19, 2016. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)

Two lanes of the Inner Loop have reopened, but the Outer Loop remains closed as of 7:30 a.m. Feb. 19, 2016. (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire and Rescue)
Two lanes of the Inner Loop have reopened, but the Outer Loop remains closed as of 7:30 a.m. Feb. 19, 2016. (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire and Rescue)

Two lanes of the Inner Loop have reopened, but the Outer Loop remains closed as of 7:30 a.m. Feb. 19, 2016. (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire and Rescue)
Two lanes of the Inner Loop have reopened, but the Outer Loop remains closed as of 7:30 a.m. Feb. 19, 2016. (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire and Rescue)

A fatal truck crash has closed both loops of the Capital Beltway early Friday, Feb. 19, 2016. (Courtesy of Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service)
A fatal truck crash has closed both loops of the Capital Beltway early Friday, Feb. 19, 2016. (Courtesy of Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service)

A fatal truck crash has closed both loops of the Capital Beltway early Friday, Feb. 19, 2016. (Courtesy of Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service)
A fatal truck crash has closed both loops of the Capital Beltway early Friday, Feb. 19, 2016. (Courtesy of Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service)

(Courtesy of Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service)
(Courtesy of Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service)
A fatal truck crash has closed both loops of the Capital Beltway early Friday, Feb. 19, 2016. (Courtesy of Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service)
A fatal truck crash has closed both loops of the Capital Beltway early Friday, Feb. 19, 2016. (Courtesy of Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service)

A fatal truck crash has closed both loops of the Capital Beltway early Friday, Feb. 19, 2016. (Courtesy of Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service)
A fatal truck crash has closed both loops of the Capital Beltway early Friday, Feb. 19, 2016. (Courtesy of Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service)

A fatal truck crash has closed both loops of the Capital Beltway early Friday, Feb. 19, 2016. (Courtesy of Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service)
A fatal truck crash has closed both loops of the Capital Beltway early Friday, Feb. 19, 2016. (Courtesy of Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service)

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Two right lanes of the Outer Loop, and all lanes of the Inner Loop, of the Capital Beltway reopened at about 10 a.m. after a fatal tractor-trailer crash. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
Boxes of clothes are littering the Outer Loop of the Beltway after a fata crash in the early morning of Feb. 19, 2016. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
Boxes of clothes are littering the Outer Loop of the Beltway after a fata crash in the early morning of Feb. 19, 2016. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
Two lanes of the Inner Loop have reopened, but the Outer Loop remains closed as of 7:30 a.m. Feb. 19, 2016. (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire and Rescue)
Two lanes of the Inner Loop have reopened, but the Outer Loop remains closed as of 7:30 a.m. Feb. 19, 2016. (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire and Rescue)
A fatal truck crash has closed both loops of the Capital Beltway early Friday, Feb. 19, 2016. (Courtesy of Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service)
A fatal truck crash has closed both loops of the Capital Beltway early Friday, Feb. 19, 2016. (Courtesy of Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service)
A fatal truck crash has closed both loops of the Capital Beltway early Friday, Feb. 19, 2016. (Courtesy of Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service)
A fatal truck crash has closed both loops of the Capital Beltway early Friday, Feb. 19, 2016. (Courtesy of Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service)
A fatal truck crash has closed both loops of the Capital Beltway early Friday, Feb. 19, 2016. (Courtesy of Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service)

WASHINGTON — A truck driver died in a crash on the Capital Beltway that spilled fuel and debris on the roadway and shut it down in both directions for hours Friday morning.

A tractor-trailer truck crashed through a median and overturned between Connecticut Avenue and Route 355 before 5 a.m. and shut down the entire road. All lanes reopened nearly six hours later.

The driver was killed in the crash. Police identified the driver as 47-year-old Dennis Frampton from Halethorpe, Maryland.

The Inner Loop was fully reopened just before 10 a.m. and the Outer Loop reopened at 10:30 a.m. Drivers experienced heavy residual delays through the morning rush.

In the crash, the cab detached from the frame of the truck and crashed through the median wall causing Frampton to be ejected from the cab, says Montgomery County Fire and Rescue spokesman Pete Piringer.

Frampton was taken to a trauma center with life-threatening injuries and died there, the Maryland State Police say.

Cargo spilled on both sides of the road in the crash, but Piringer says the cargo is not hazardous.

Dave Dildine, in the WTOP Traffic Center, has reported that the Beltway between Georgia Avenue and Route 355 is one of the most crash-prone stretches of road in the region, averaging 260 crashes per year between 2008 and 2013.

Not surprisingly, delays fanned outward from the wreck. At about 8:30, WTOP’s Rich Johnson reported from Connecticut Avenue in Kensington that he had moved about three car lengths in three red-green light cycles.

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