WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – A truck driver has been charged for reckless driving after overturning a tractor-trailer on a Capital Beltway exit ramp Tuesday in an accident that wreaked havoc on the afternoon commute.
Virginia State police arrived on the scene of a single-vehicle crash on the westbound I-495 ramp, leading to the southbound I-95 HOV lanes, around 2:25 p.m.
Police say as an open-top tractor-trailer came through the flyover ramp, it ran off the left side of the road, striking a jersey wall. The trailer overturned onto the cement wall causing debris to spill into the westbound I-495 lanes of the Inner Loop below.
The truck was loaded with what police are calling municipal waste – a mix of construction and household materials – that caused debris more than a foot deep when it was dumped onto the roadway from above.
The truck was decommissioned following a police investigation that cited multiple equipment violations.
The driver of the – 41-year-old Hector Lopez-Navarro, of Woodbridge – was uninjured but was charged with reckless driving in the crash.
The incident backed up traffic for miles and hours, with all four lanes of the inner loop shut down at the scene immediately following the crash.