Major Accident Shuts Down Capital Beltway At American Legion Bridge

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The inner loop of I-495 was shut down at the American Legion Bridge due to a jack-knifed tractor trailer. (credit: VDOT)

The inner loop of I-495 was shut down at the American Legion Bridge due to a jack-knifed tractor trailer. (credit: VDOT)

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UPDATED: March 5, 2014 4:00 p.m.

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — A tractor-trailer jack-knifed while trying to avoid a swerving SUV and created a massive backup on the inner loop of the Capital Beltway near the Maryland-Virginia line Wednesday morning.

A Ford Explorer was traveling toward the American Legion Bridge when it swerved to avoid striking a cardboard box in the roadway just before 11 a.m., according to Virginia State Police. The driver lost control of the vehicle and ran into a Jersey Wall on the left side of the road before spinning back across traffic and striking a guard rail on the right side of the road.

The SUV collided with a tractor-trailer carrying cabinetry as it jack-knifed across the roadway.

The notoriously congested portion of the Beltway was shut down for nearly two hours as authorities worked to clear the crash.

The driver of the SUV, 40-year-old Nakatoke Kapingiri of Washington, D.C., was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. The man was wearing a seatbelt, according to Virginia State Police.

Kapingiri has been charged with failing to maintain control of his vehicle.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured.

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

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