Truck hauling batteries overturns on Beltway in Maryland

A major truck crash snarled traffic on the Capital Beltway in Greenbelt, Maryland, late Tuesday afternoon, forcing authorities to close the Outer Loop for more than an hour.

The crash happened on the Outer Loop near Kenilworth Avenue around 5:30 p.m. A tractor-trailer hauling car batteries overturned.

The trailer landed on its side and stretched across all four travel lanes. Authorities diverted traffic at Exit 23.

Prince George’s County Fire and EMS said “crews worked to remediate environmental impact from oil spill” in a tweet.

Maryland State Police said two other passenger vehicles, a BMW and a Volvo, were also involved.

Traffic backed up for several miles in each direction during the early evening as crews worked to offload the cargo and right the truck.

As of 3:15 a.m. Wednesday, the crash was cleared with no residual delays, WTOP’s Rich Hunter reported.

This is a developing story. Stay with WTOP for more details.

Dave Dildine

A native to the Washington area, Dave Dildine is no stranger to the region's complex traffic and weather patterns. Dave joined WTOP in 2010 when the station launched its very own in-house traffic service. You can hear him "on the 8s and when it breaks" from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays.

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