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4 firefighters hurt in crash with tractor trailer and SUV

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A serious crash on the I-495 Beltway, early Wednesday.

Seven people, including four firefighters, were seriously hurt in a major crash that all but blocked the Beltway early Wednesday outside Washington, D.C.

A fire truck was responding to an accident on southbound I-495/I-95 at about 3 a.m. ET when it was struck by another vehicle, said Corporal Clinton Copeland of the Prince George’s County Police Department in Maryland.

“This is going to be a major, major problem for drivers this morning,” he said, adding that only one lane on either side of the scene was open to traffic as at 5:30 a.m. ET.

The fire truck was left on its side following the crash, according to a picture taken by a passerby and shared on Twitter by NBC4's Melissa Mollet.

A tractor trailer and an SUV were the other vehicles involved in the crash, NBCWashington.com reported.

It said the tractor trailer rear-ended the fire truck, citing Prince George’s County Fire Chief Marc Bashoor.

The accident involving the fire truck happened on the inner loop of the Beltway near the eastbound exit for the John Hanson Highway.