A small tree fell and struck a vehicle, injuring the driver, on Friday afternoon on I-270 northbound near the Old Georgetown Road exit in North Bethesda.
The tree hit the SUV around 4:45 p.m., smashing the vehicle’s windshield, according to fire department spokesman Pete Piringer. Piringer said the driver was transported to a local hospital with injuries that weren’t life-threatening.
The incident caused significant traffic backups that extended onto the Beltway south of the spur as emergency crews worked to remove the tree from the roadway.
Piringer posted a video on Twitter that showed some of the wreckage after the incident, as well as crews clearing branches and sawdust from the highway after the tree was cut into pieces and removed from the road.
Traffic Advisory – NB I270 just N of Beltway before Exit 1 Old Georgetown Road/Rockledge Blvd, tree down struck vehicle, EMS transported driver w/NLT injuries pic.twitter.com/PfbKIhLy2O
— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) May 18, 2018
The incident happened just north of the I-270 spur (where the red icon is) via Google maps.