20 tons of frozen fish left floundering after Beltway crash

VDOT says a tow truck is working to clear the Outer Loop of the Beltway, after it crashed and went off the road near Virginia Route 7. (Courtesy VDOT)

A tractor-trailer hauling more than 20 tons of frozen fish crashed on the Capital Beltway in northern Virginia.

The Virginia Department of Transportation said the crash occurred on the beltway’s Outer Loop at the start of the Monday afternoon rush hour in Tysons Corner near the Leesburg Pike exit.

The trailer went off the road, and for a while a wrecker blocked three out of four lanes of traffic trying to right the trailer.

VDOT said that when it was discovered that the trailer was breached and the 41,000 pounds of fish inside was therefore unsalvageable, the wrecker was called off temporarily to allow rush hour traffic to flow.

At around 8 p.m., two left lanes were opened for traffic to follow through as recovery operations resumed. All lanes were completely reopened just after midnight.

Below is the approximate area of the accident.

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