Inner Loop in Prince George’s Co. reopened after truck fire

WASHINGTON — Traffic on the Inner Loop in Capitol Heights ground to a halt on Tuesday morning due to a burning tractor-trailer.

Traffic on the Inner Loop of the Capital Beltway was stopped due to a truck fire in the vicinity of Ritchie-Marlboro Road in Prince George’s County, Maryland in the 9 o’clock hour. The Outer Loop also saw significant delays because of rubbernecking.

Prince George’s County Fire spokesman Mark Brady confirmed additional units were responding to the scene of the eighteen-wheeler, and advised commuters to avoid the area.

Just after 11 a.m., traffic was able to squeeze by the scene in the left lane and later that hour, a second lane was reopened. The ramp from Ritchie Marlboro Road to join the Inner Loop was also reopened.

As of 2 p.m. crews are still working to clear the incident.

Below is a map of the area:

This is a developing story. Stay with for the latest.

Alejandro Alvarez

Alejandro Alvarez joined WTOP as a digital reporter and editor in June 2018. He is a writer and photojournalist focusing on politics, political activism and national affairs, with recent multimedia contributions to Reuters, MSNBC and PBS.

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