Fatal crash stalls traffic for hours - Both the north and southbound lanes on 295 shut down around 5 a.m.. following two separate car accidents.
"The cars were backed up here as far as you can see," says Richard Wisniewski. "It went down past 295 and they were backed up all the way forward."
Wisniewski runs an auto shop just of the highway. He's no stranger to seeing commuters practically crawling as they merge onto 295, but says he's never seen anything like Wednesday morning.
"The traffic was backed from the shop all the way back," he says. "You couldn't even cross over the top of 175, and the cars were just, they were lined up both directions pretty much."
The shut down came after a pedestrian was struck and killed in the southbound lane.
"We're still trying to determine exactly what happened," says U.S. Park Police Spokesman, Sgt. Paul Brooks. "There seemed to be an accident on northbound, then the subject was struck southbound, just south of 175."
Wisniewski says Wednesday morning, his shop was filled with customers of a different kind.
"Everybody was stopping in the parking lot trying to find Route 1 or 95. So I should've been selling maps out here as many people that stopped in," he says.
After several hours of rerouting, both lanes of traffic on 295 reopened.
Police aren't yet releasing the victim's name, but say he's an adult male.
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