Driver charged in I-495 tractor trailer crash

MCLEAN, Va. (WUSA9) -- Virginia State Police say a driver is charged after a crash closed all lanes of I-495 North before the American Legion Bridge on Wednesday.

Police were called to the scene at 10:57 a.m. and lanes reopened at 12:49 p.m., officials said.

Virginia State Police say a 1998 Ford Explorer was traveling north when it swerved to miss a cardboard box. The vehicle ran off the left side of road where it struck the jersey wall, before spinning back across the northbound lanes. It then ran off the right shoulder into the guardrail, according to police.

A northbound tractor-trailer tried to avoid hitting the Ford Explorer and jackknifed across the northbound lanes, say police. The two vehicles never hit each other.

The driver of the Ford Explorer, 40-year-old Nakatoke Kapingiri of Washington, D.C., was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital for treatment of serious but non-life threatening injuries, say police. He was wearing a seat belt.

Kapingiri was charged for failing to maintain control of his vehicle, according to police.

Police say the driver of the tractor-trailer, a Kentucky man, was not injured in the crash. His tractor-trailer was partially loaded with cabinetry.


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