(Updated at 11 a.m.) A fiery crash on the Capital Beltway in Tysons last night (Tuesday) resulted in two deaths and another person being hospitalized.
According to the Virginia State Police, the crash occurred around 10:15 p.m. in the northbound lanes of the Beltway, also known as I-495, near the exit for Chain Bridge Road.
Confirming a preliminary report that the crash came after a driver was spotted going in the wrong direction in that area, police reported this morning (Monday) that a Mazda was traveling south on I-495 North and hit a Buick Encore head-on, causing the Buick to catch fire.
One occupant was reported heavily entrapped and another was ejected. The drivers of the two vehicles, both men, died at the scene, according to police.
“A female passenger in the Buick was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital and then on to Washington Hospital Center for treatment of life-threatening injuries and burns sustained in the crash,” the VSP said.
Police say that none of the people involved in the collision were wearing seatbelts.
“The crash remains under investigation,” state police said.
A serious crash with fire and people trapped in the I-495N express lanes between Route 7 & 123 in Tysons. Traffic gets by to the far right in the main lanes. @ffxfirerescue @FairfaxCountyPD & @VSPPIO on the scene. @WTOPtraffic @marykimm #traffic #vatraffic #police #firefighters pic.twitter.com/yLWTrHNFlx
— Dave Statter (@STATter911) May 18, 2022
FATAL CRASH: ~10:10PM Tuesday on I-495 North/ Beltway Inner Loop btwn VA-123 & VA-7. (Tysons Corner Cntr/Fairfax County, VA). 1 occupant was heavily entrapped; another ejected. Prelim. reports indicate wrong way driver in same area minutes before crash. #VATraffic H/T @HCBright10
— Cordell (@CordellTraffic) May 18, 2022
Angela Woolsey contributed to this report.
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