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Beltway Inner Loop Closes After Accident Involving Tractor Trailers

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Two separate accidents involving tractor trailers on the inner loop of the Capital Beltway closed all lanes of the inner loop near Old Georgetown Road this morning. One lane of the road had reopened for those stuck between the Old Georgetown Road and Route 355 exits of 7:45 a.m.  

District Department of Transportation and D.C. Fire and EMS crews are cleaning up diesel fuel from the two jack-knifed tractor trailers. One accident happened at 1:30 a.m. and the other at 4:30 a.m.

Things are not going to get better for at least a couple of hours. Drivers are trying various alternate routes to bail out, including  the 270 exits for northbound Old Georgetown or Montrose roads, or River Road and the inner loop. 

Police officers are on the scene at the Inner Loop diverting traffic, but the road on both sides of the blockage are essentially a parking lot this morning. Many of the smaller roads surrounding the crash are experiencing heavy traffic and are expected to throughout the morning rush. 

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