Beltway reopens after 13-hour cleanup of overturned tanker


The Outer Loop of the Capital Beltway fully reopened at about 4:45 p.m. Thursday, after the road was closed for about 13 hours by the crash of a tanker carrying liquid asphalt in the predawn hours.

The truck overturned around 3:40 a.m. on Thursday between Connecticut Avenue and Rockville Pike. The left lane reopened shortly after 2 p.m., said Dave Dildine in the WTOP Traffic Center, but traffic was being held intermittently for the cleanup.

The truck’s fuel tanks were also damaged in the crash and were leaking diesel fuel, the Maryland State Police said.

Hazardous material crews were able to protect some of the storm drains, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue spokesperson Pete Piringer said. But he said that as they were lifting the tanker, they discovered several other cracks and leaks in the tank.

The driver was taken to a hospital with injuries he described as non-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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