A tractor-trailer crashed into a dividing wall on Interstate 495 near Connecticut Avenue on Feb. 19, killing the driver, who was ejected.
Montgomery County Emergency Medical Services took the injured driver to Suburban Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, said Pete Piringer, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue spokesperson.
Maryland state police said troopers from the Rockville Barrack were dispatched at 4:45 a.m. and found the driver unconscious at the scene, ejected from the separated cab. Police withheld the victim’s name because the investigation was ongoing.
Westbound drivers on the outer loop had to take alternate routes as Maryland State Highway Administration crews cleaned up debris following the crash around 5 a.m.
The crash caused significant traffic delays Friday.
Police opened a few inner loop lanes around 7:30 a.m., but the outer loop remained completely blocked until about 10:20 a.m., said Piringer.
Piringer said the wreck initially blocked all lanes of both the outer and inner loops.
Police said the fuel tanks ruptured and spilled diesel fuel onto the interstate.
Westbound traffic on I-495 was diverted to Maryland Route 97, state police said.
“We’re just on scene trying to provide traffic control and help with the cleanup,” said Maryland Highway Administration spokesperson Charlie Gischlar.