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Traffic is at a standstill as authorities investigate a deadly police chase in Lanham, Md. (credit: Eric Bickel/106.7 The Fan)

Traffic is at a standstill as authorities investigate a deadly police chase in Lanham, Md. (credit: Eric Bickel/106.7 The Fan)

UPDATED: Jan. 21, 2014 7:54 a.m.
ORIGINAL: Jan. 21, 2014 5:47 a.m.

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — The inner loop of the Capital Beltway has reopened following a more than three-hour shutdown after a man died while attempting to evade police on the flyover ramp to Route 50 in Lanham early Tuesday morning.

A sedan being chased by police spun out and bounced off concrete barriers on the flyover ramp before coming to a stop facing the wrong direction around 3 a.m., according to WNEW reporter George Mesthos.

The driver then exited the car and attempted to elude officers by jumping off the ramp. The man fell an estimated 100 feet onto the interstate below where he was struck by a Toyota truck, Maryland State Police say. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

WNEW morning anchor Amy Morris witnessed police chasing the vehicle before the driver jumped around 3 a.m. A second person inside the vehicle was taken into custody, Morris says. The passenger was apparently uninjured in the crash.

The driver of the striking Toyota was not seriously injured.

Traffic is expected to be lighter than usual Tuesday morning as federal offices and most school systems are shut down due to an impending snowstorm.

The man’s identity has not been released. Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash.

All-News 99.1 WNEW is the only radio station to provide traffic reports every five minutes during rush hour. Lisa Baden and Julie Wright bring you “Traffic and Weather Together” on the 1’s and “Your Beltway Fix on the 6″ exclusively on All-News 99.1.

Check traffic on your route before heading out on the road.

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