Jackknifed trucks stall Outer Loop traffic in Montgomery Co.

Crews work to clear a crashed tractor-trailer from the Big Curve. (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)

Early Monday morning commuters were faced with a dizzying set of diversions from two separate jackknifed trucks on the north side of the Capital Beltway.

All lanes on the Outer Loop’s Big Curve above the Interstate 270 Spur reopened around 9 a.m. after a crashed truck was cleared — but the hours-long bottleneck caused an extensive backup past Silver Spring, which will be slow to ease.

The Big Curve crash could be spurring déjà vu for some southbound drivers after an earlier jackknifed tractor-trailer on the Outer Loop before Connecticut Avenue around 3 a.m. led to an hour-long diversion at Georgia Avenue. That crash cleared around 4:30 a.m. — moments before first word of the second crash about five miles down the road.

There was no immediate word on injuries from either crash.

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Alejandro Alvarez

Alejandro Alvarez joined WTOP as a digital journalist and editor in June 2018. He is a reporter and photographer focusing on politics, political activism and international affairs.

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