FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A tractor-trailer hauling more than 20 tons of frozen fish crashed on the Capital Beltway in northern Virginia.

The Virginia Department of Transportation said the crash occurred on the beltway’s Outer Loop at the start of the Monday afternoon rush hour in Tysons Corner near the Leesburg Pike exit.

READ MORE: WATCH: Maryland NAACP Calls For Ocean City Police Officers In Arrest Video To Be 'Removed From Posts' Until Investigation Is Complete

The trailer went off the road, and for a while a wrecker blocked three out of four lanes of traffic trying to right the trailer.

READ MORE: Shooting With Multiple Victims Reported In West Baltimore

VDOT said that when it was discovered that the trailer was breached and the 41,000 pounds of fish inside was therefore unsalvageable, the wrecker was called off temporarily to allow rush hour traffic to flow.

MORE NEWS: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Announces Free Summer Concert Series

(© Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)