Fatal Beltway Crash

At around 4:15 pm, Wednesday, July 21, 2010, a single vehicle crash occurred on the Capital Beltway (RT 495/RT 95) in Oxon Hill. For unknown reasons a vehicle left the Inner Loop (southbound) Beltway over the right hand side of the road. The vehicle rolled over off of the hard surface and onto the grass. The vehicle sustained significant damage and the adult male driver was trapped inside. The Maryland State Police Helicopter was summoned to the scene to transport the critically injured patient once he was extricated from the wreckage and preparations to close both loops of the Capital Beltway were underway to allow for a safe landing zone. Fire/EMS units from Silver Hill, Oxon Hill and Fort Washington arrived and used heavy-duty hydraulic tools to extricate the patient.

Once the adult male was removed from the vehicle paramedics were able to conduct a full patient assessment and declared, with medical control, the patient deceased. Paramedics completed the transport of the deceased to an area hospital. The MSP Trooper 2 med-a-vac was cancelled and traffic was allowed to move slowly through the area. After operating on the scene for about 30 minute’s fire/EMS units started to return to service. The Maryland State Police-Forestville Barracks will be investigating the crash.


  1. I was there on the scene shortly after this occured. I and others tried to assist the best we could, but were not equipped to pry open the doors and free the driver. We assumed it was a female and was wondering how she had ended up on the passenger side of the vehicle. The person was wearing what appeared to be a green sweatsuit and tennis shoes. Initially, I saw the person moving their legs and was under the impression that by the grace of GOD he was still alive. For a moment there, I felt as if the emergency team on the scene could just get to the individual, all would be fine. It didn't look good, but the movement of his leg gave us hope. The emergency teams on the scene were working very hard to rescue him. We (by standers) assumed the driver was thrown from the vehicle and the person left in the car was a passenger. My family and I pray for the deceases family in this time of grievance.


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