UPDATED: 12:51 p.m. March 6, 2015

LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — There were several serious accidents reported Friday morning as drivers began their dangerous commute to work after the big snow storm.

Refreezing throughout much of the area created icy conditions for commuters.

WNEW’s Brad Freitas captured the moments when a multi-vehicle accident involving a tractor trailer blocked southbound I-95 in Virginia between US-1 and VA-123 shortly before 6 a.m.

The accident was cleared after 7 a.m. and the 95 was reopened.

There was a report of another tractor trailer crash that closed eastbound I-66 at mile marker 38, near the Fauquier/Prince William county line.

Traffic was backed up two miles shortly before 9:30 a.m., but the road reopened at about 11 a.m.

VDOT established a detour that directed eastbound drivers off I-66 at exit 31 and onto Route 245 north to Route 55 east to the I-66 interchange at Haymarket.

An eight vehicle accident was also reported in Virginia, on the outer loop of the Capital Beltway after Braddock Road.

In Maryland, a dump truck with a raised bed became stuck on the Linden Avenue overpass along the inner loop of I-495 just prior to MD-97 in Montgomery County.

The crash occurred shortly after 5:30 a.m. as the private contractor became wedged under the Linden Avenue overpass.

The center lanes were blocked due to the crash as Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) crews were cleaning up the mess.

WNEW’s Jim MacKay reported that at about 11:30 a.m., the truck was dislodged and three lanes were getting by.

SHA bridge inspectors are on site and have determined that there is no structural damage to the bridge.

Crews will continue to clear the area of salt spilled on I-495 and assist with towing the truck, truck bed and plow that were dislodged through early afternoon.

As of noon, only the right lane remains closed.

Drivers are being urged to avoid travel if possible or use caution during their commute, as extremely low temperatures mean icy roads, especially on bridges, ramps and overpasses.

WNEW’s Brad Freitas contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

WNEW’s Jim MacKay contributed to this report. Follow him on Twitter.

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