Overturned Tractor-trailer Snarls I-95

Connecticut (February 1, 2012)  A tractor-trailer caught fire after a three-vehicle collision on I-95 south in Norwalk.  The crash occurred around 4:30 p.m. in the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 between exits 15 and  14 forcing authorities to close Interstate 95 south, according to the Connecticut State Police.

The tractor-trailer, hauling produce, struck the center barrier, overturned and caught fire a half mile before Exit 14-Connecticut Avenue.  Norwalk Firefighters quickly arrived on the scene by foot and were able to contain the fire and extricate the driver of the tractor-trailer.

Two cars were also involved in the accident, police are still investigating the cause of the crash.

The unidentified driver of the tractor-trailer sustained serious injuries and was transported to hospital.

Traffic was snarled in the area as many commuters attempted to find alternate routes home during the busy rush hour.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze by 5:15 p.m. however the truck had spilled several barrels of olives and leaked diesel fuel onto I-95.  Cleanup took several hours and all lanes of I-95 were not re-opened until around 8 p.m.

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