Fuel spilled across all lanes on a section of the Outer Loop of the Capital Beltway in Bethesda, Maryland, Wednesday after a multi-vehicle crash that blocked lanes as the evening rush hour started to wind down.
The crash involved four vehicles, including two tractor-trailers carrying nonhazardous cargo which remained intact, at around 7 p.m., Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service spokesman Pete Piringer said.
One jackknifed tractor-trailer blocked all lanes of the Outer Loop near the Bradley Boulevard overpass, and drivers were warned of significant delays and to seek other routes.
Fuel spilled across all lanes, and hazmat crews helped with the cleanup. No injuries were reported.
Some drivers were stuck for more than two hours between the diversion at Interstate 270 and the crash site on the curve above the I-270 Spur. Additional crashes occurred later Wednesday evening between Georgia and Connecticut avenues.
On the Outer Loop at the I-270 Spur crews are making some progress on damaged trucks, attempting to clear a path. Some drivers have been stuck for 1.5 hours between the diversion and scene.
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All lanes reopened just before 11:30 p.m.
The incident occurred at a location on the Beltway known for a high rate of truck crashes. The number of truck crashes has declined in recent years since the Maryland Department of Transportation adjusted the texture of the pavement to increase friction.
WTOP’s Dave Dildine contributed to this report.