After nearly five hours of halted traffic, an accident on the Baltimore Beltway was cleared shortly after 9 p.m. Friday, reopening three lanes on the outer loop, according to Maryland's Department of Transportation.

The single-vehicle accident on Interstate 695, just north of the highway's intersection with Interstate 70, closed all but one outer loop lane around 4 p.m.

Maryland State Police's Golden Ring Barrack said that there were no injuries.

Traffic headed south toward Catonsville was slow for miles, at times traffic was backed up all the way from Interstate 70 to Towson. Northbound traffic was also slowed, creating back ups down to the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.

Slowdowns for northbound traffic on Harbor Tunnel Thruway had ended by 9:30 p.m. Friday.

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