FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA9) -- A fatal accident along I-495 near Fairfax stymied rush hour traffic Tuesday afternoon.
Officials were dispatched at around 3:45 p.m. for a three-vehicle crash at the entrance to the northbound lanes of I-495 of the Express Lanes near the 54 mile marker.accident
Investigation shows that a 2005 Chrysler Town and Country minivan was travelling north on I-495 when it suddenly braked at the entrance to the Express Lanes. A 2013 Jeep Wrangler was able swerve to avoid striking the minivan, and continued around it. That's when a 2010 Mercedes sedan rear-ended the minivan, officials said.
The minivan then spun around and hit the Jeep Wrangler due to the impact of the accident. The Mercedes spun around and struck the cement Jersey wall off the left side of the Express Lanes.
The Mercedes then caught on fire, police said. Ronald D. Henderson, Jr., 30, was able to get out of the car and taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
Mary Jane Treacy, 72, of Bluffton, S.C. was driving the minivan. She was taken to the Fairfax Inova Hospital, where she died a short time later. Her husband, Thomas M. Treacy, 78 was also taken to the hospital for treatment of serious but non-life threatening injuries, officials said.
The driver of the Jeep, Tricia A. Hindermann, 43, was taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries, police said.
The crash remains under investigations. All general and express lanes were re-opened by 8 p.m.
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