1 dead, 6 hurt after crash on Capital Beltway, causing delays for morning commute

One person is dead after a three vehicle crash on the inner loop of the Capital Beltway near Georgia Avenue early Wednesday morning. (Courtesy Pete Piringer/Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service)

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A man is dead and six others hurt after a three-vehicle crash on the inner loop of the Capital Beltway near Georgia Avenue in Montgomery County, Maryland, early Wednesday.

The overnight crash investigation prompted hourslong closures on the interstate, causing major delays that lasted through the morning commute.

The man who was killed in the crash was identified by Maryland State Police as 30-year-old Boris Jose Bonilla, of Rockville, Maryland. Bonilla, who was a passenger in a car involved in the crash, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators believe the crash happened around 3 a.m. when the car Bonilla was riding in, a 2005 Honda Accord, struck a 2020 Jeep Wrangler while entering the Beltway from a ramp on southbound Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring.

A total of seven people were involved in the collision, according to Montgomery County Fire & Rescue officials. One person was ejected from a vehicle, and another was entrapped.

The drivers of all three vehicles and two passengers who were in the Civic were taken to the hospital for treatment of their injuries. Two of those people are critically injured, police said.

All lanes were closed for about three hours in the area of the crash.

WMATA warned commuters that the Red Line shuttle buses, which have replaced the end of the Red Line from Takoma to Glenmont stations during summer construction, were also delayed due to the crash. 

Maryland State Police are investigating what caused the crash.

A map with the approximate location of the crash is below.

WTOP’s Jack Moore and Jessica Kronzer contributed to this report.

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