Motorists traveling on the Capital Beltway near the I-270 spur experienced a D.C. commuting nightmare over the weekend, with two separate incidents bringing I-495 traffic to a standstill for hours on Saturday night and slowing it to a trickle Sunday night.
Around 5 p.m. Saturday, an RV caught fire on I-495 North (Inner Loop) near River Road (Maryland Route 190). It took about 90 minutes for firefighters to put out the blaze, which prompted police to close the Beltway in both directions between River Road and the I-270 Spur until about 8:10 p.m. Photos and videos posted to social media showed stranded motorists leaving their cars to stretch their legs, play catch and walk their dogs while waiting for the police to reopen the highway.
Just before 10 p.m. Sunday on the same stretch of the Beltway, a tractor-trailer accident on I-495 South (Outer Loop) at mile marker 55 slowed traffic to a crawl.
No one was injured in either incident, authorities said.