WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- All lanes have reopened after a fatal crash involving an overturned tractor-trailer caused the Inner and Outer Loops of the Beltway to shut down for several hours Friday morning. The driver of the tractor trailer was killed in the crash, authorities said.
The accident happened in the area of Connecticut Ave and Rockville Pike. All lanes are now open.
The crash involving a 2015 Hyundai box trailer happened around 4:43 a.m. on the Outer Loop of the Beltway just east of Connecticut Avenue, police said. When troopers got to the scene they learned that the tractor-trailer struck and split the concrete traffic barrier and then overturned.
Authorities said the driver of the tractor trailer was ejected and found unconscious at the scene. The driver was taken to the hospital and then pronounced dead. Police identified that victim as Dennis Frampton of Halethorpe, Md. Several pieces of the concrete barrier and debris scattered across the Inner and Outer Loops of the Beltway. Police said the fuel tanks of the tractor trailer were ruptured from the crash and caused diesel fuel to leak on the highway.
Frampton died from injuries he received during the crash, Maryland State police said.
An investigation is ongoing, according to authorities.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact the Maryland State Police Rockville Barrack.
We will continue to update you as we learn more.
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