- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A Prince George’s County man was killed early Wednesday morning after his car was struck by a truck tractor on the Capital Beltway in a crash that snarled traffic for hours, according to Maryland State Police.

The victim, identified as 44-year-old Kwame Abban of the 9800 block of Good Luck Road in Lanham, was pronounced dead at Suburban Hospital, according to a police press release.

Mr. Abban’s 1997 Toyota Corolla was hit by two different vehicles at around 5 a.m., the second collision proving fatal, police said. Mr. Abban was driving westbound on I-495 before New Hampshire Avenue when a 2007 Nissan Sentra struck him in the rear.

The driver of the Nissan, identified as 31-year-old Jessica W. Smith of White Hall, moved her car to the side of the road, while Mr. Abban stayed on the roadway, police said. Then, a 2005 Sterling truck tractor collided with Mr. Abban’s Corolla, causing it “to spin around and face the opposite direction,” according to the release. Neither the driver of the truck, identified as 44-year-old Anthony W. Reil of Bentonville, nor Ms. Smith were injured.

According to the release, police believe all drivers were wearing seatbelts. Police are investigating the cause of the crashes.

Lanes westbound on I-495 were closed for five hours after the incident.