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Overturned Tractor-Trailer Caused Nightmarish Morning Commute

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Credit: WNEW reporter Kevin Rincon

Credit: WNEW reporter Kevin Rincon

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SPRINGFIELD, Va. (CBSDC) - Major delays wrecked the morning commute for thousands traveling into work on the beltway Tuesday morning after a tractor-trailer overturned, spilling cucumbers all over the road.

At approximately 8:14 a.m., Virginia State Police were called to a 4-vehicle crash in the Westbound lanes of I-495, just west of Exit 173/Van Dorn Street.

Police say a Ford Fusion was traveling west on 495 when it changed to the left lane, colliding with a box truck, which then lost control and struck a tractor-trailer. The tractor-trailer, described as a fruit truck by WNEW reporter Kevin Rincon, then ran off the left side of the road to strike the Jersey wall, with the impact of the collision forcing the tractor-trailer back into the roadway where it struck an SUV, before overturning.

The overturned truck spilled out cucumbers across the Westbound lanes of 495.

The cleanup process and accident investigation caused police to limit traffic to just one lane, causing a nightmarish morning commute for those stuck behind the wreckage. A second lane was not opened until 9:55 a.m.

The driver of the tractor-trailer suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Fairfax Hospital, while three children who were riding with the driver escaped the crash unscathed.

Police say the male driver of the Ford Fusion, 26-year-old Ammar A. Alshakarchi, suffered serious, but non-life-threatening injuries and was also transported to Fairfax Hospital. He has been charged with making an improper lane change.

No other injuries were reported.

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