1 dead after crash, car fire on Wilson Bridge; 3 workers rescued from under bridge
WASHINGTON (WJLA) - One person is dead and three workers were rescued after a multi-vehicle crash and fire Wednesday morning on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.
The Beltway was completely shut down in both directions for a time.
The crash resulted in multiple vehicle fires that sent plumes of smoke high into the sky, which were visible from all around the area.
A tractor-trailer was engulfed in flames. The driver of that truck was the person who died in the crash. Eight other people were injured, though only one of them was hospitalized.
Prince George's County Fire and EMS spokesman Mark Brady says it appears the incident began with a multi-vehicle collision on the bridge involving a boom truck.
Three workers were stranded in an extended bucket that was under the bridge, but have since been rescued.
Fire boats worked to help contain fuel spillage into the river.
Traffic throughout the area was heavily congested into rush hour following the collision.
Ronald Reagan National Airport sent out a traffic alert on their Twitter page warning drivers to use the Metro or navigation apps to access the airport due to the "unusually heavy traffic."
Nearly 12 hours after the bridge was closed following the fiery crash, all lanes were reopened at around 10:45 p.m.