LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Wednesday proved to be a hellish morning commute for drivers in Maryland.
Separate accidents brought traffic to a standstill along the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and the outer loop of the Capital Beltway.
U.S. Park Police say a man was fatally struck by a minivan traveling southbound on the parkway around 4:54 a.m. just south of Route 175 in Jessup. All southbound lanes were blocked between Route 175 and Route 100 for five hours as police investigated the crash. The did not reopen until shortly before 10 a.m.
Authorities also shutdown the northbound lanes for more than hour.
The minivan driver remained on the scene, according to police.
Authorities diverted southbound traffic on the parkway onto Route 175 and north onto Route 32. Drivers were encouraged to use Route 1 or Interstate 95 as alternate routes.
It is unclear when the investigation will conclude.
In the second incident, a truck overturned on the outer loop of the Beltway past the exit for the Baltimore-Washington Parkway (exit 22) around 7 a.m. Traffic was reduced to two lanes as a result of the crash. Authorities initially closed all but one far left lane.
Before being uprighted the truck was leaking fuel, according to traffic reporter Lisa Baden. The massive delays extend nearly nine miles.
Images taken from a helicopter above the scene appear to show the tractor-trailer was hauling garbage.
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