Truck drives off Beltway overpass onto Suitland Parkway, 1 dead

Crews continue to an investigate a fatal truck crash on the Suitland Parkway at the Capitol Beltway Friday. The truck fell off the Beltway landed on the road below. (Prince George’s County Fire Department) (Prince George's County Fire Department)
A fatal tractor-trailer crash  off the Beltway onto Suitland Parkway snarled traffic Friday morning. (Prince George's County Fire Department)
A fatal tractor-trailer crash off the Beltway onto Suitland Parkway snarled traffic Friday morning. (Prince George’s County Fire Department) (Prince George's County Fire Department)
A fatal tractor-trailer crash has closed the Suitland Parkway between Forestville Road and Pennsylvania Avenue. (Prince George's County Fire Department)
A fatal tractor-trailer crash has closed the Suitland Parkway between Forestville Road and Pennsylvania Avenue. (Prince George’s County Fire Department) (Prince George's County Fire Department)
Suitland Parkway is closed between Forestville Road and Pennsylvania Avenue after a fatal tractor-trailer crash. (Prince George’s County Fire Department) (Prince George's County Fire Department)
Suitland Parkway is closed between Forestville Road and Pennsylvania Avenue after a fatal tractor-trailer crash. (WTOP/Dennis Foley)
Suitland Parkway is closed between Forestville Road and Pennsylvania Avenue after a fatal tractor-trailer crash. (WTOP/Dennis Foley)
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A fatal tractor-trailer crash  off the Beltway onto Suitland Parkway snarled traffic Friday morning. (Prince George's County Fire Department)
A fatal tractor-trailer crash has closed the Suitland Parkway between Forestville Road and Pennsylvania Avenue. (Prince George's County Fire Department)
Suitland Parkway is closed between Forestville Road and Pennsylvania Avenue after a fatal tractor-trailer crash. (WTOP/Dennis Foley)

WASHINGTON — A truck driver is dead after the tractor-trailer he was driving fell from a Capital Beltway overpass onto the Suitland Parkway in Prince George’s County Friday morning.

The hourslong crash investigation and cleanup caused traffic delays, which are beginning to dissipate Friday afternoon.

Maryland State Police say the driver lost control on the Outer Loop of the Beltway at about 4:30 a.m., crashed through a guardrail and landed on the Suitland Parkway below. The driver died at the scene.

No other injuries were reported and no other vehicles were involved in the crash.

The truck, which was hauling reams of paper, sustained major damage in the crash. The cab was destroyed and the trailer collapsed on the parkway.

Official say they don’t know what caused the truck to crash and Maryland State Police are investigating.

The crash created significant traffic delays for commuters. Friday morning, the crash closed all inbound and outbound lanes of the Suitland Parkway between Forestville Road and Pennsylvania Avenue. All inbound and outbound lanes reopened by 4:15 p.m.

WTOP’s Dennis Foley contributed to this report.

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