- The Washington Times - Friday, August 6, 2004

A man was killed in one of two grisly crashes that brought morning rush-hour traffic on the Capital Beltway to a standstill yesterday. The Outer Loop of Interstate 495 was closed in Montgomery County just past the exit for Rockville Pike when a tractor-trailer overturned onto a Mercury Sable.

The driver of the car, an unidentified man, was killed on impact, said Montgomery County Fire and Rescue spokesman Pete Piringer.

The car’s passengers, an adult female and teenage male, were transported to Suburban Hospital. The driver of the tractor-trailer suffered minor injuries, Mr. Piringer said.

The crash, which happened about 5 a.m. between the exits for Interstate 270 and Rockville Pike, shut down all lanes of traffic for an hour and caused delays until about 1 p.m., Mr. Piringer said.

“It appears that the trailer lost control,” Mr. Piringer said. Speed may have been a factor in the crash, he said. “It’s possible that the load shifted.”

Hours later, the Beltway was shut down again for nearly two hours following another crash on the Outer Loop near New Hampshire Avenue.

About 10:30 a.m., a box truck carrying exercise equipment was traveling westbound when traffic in its lane stalled from congestion, state police said. The truck’s driver, Kai Katow of Moorestown, N.J., drove into the rear of a Nissan Maxima, which struck a 1995 BMW.

The BMW then struck a utility trailer being pulled by a Ford pickup truck. The trailer jackknifed and overturned. The truck’s driver, Jeffery Wroter of Frederick, Md., suffered minor injuries.

The BMW also overturned, trapping the driver, Jewel Morgan of Hanover, inside.

Miss Morgan and two occupants in the Maxima, Patricia Morrison and Aneika Louis of Upper Marlboro, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

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