Darien car fire slows I-95 traffic

An SUV left the roadway of Interstate 95 southbound in Darien on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, and caught fire. Emergency responders at the scene would not comment.
An SUV left the roadway of Interstate 95 southbound in Darien on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, and caught fire. Emergency responders at the scene would not comment.Thane Grauel / Hearst Connecticut Media

DARIEN — A burning vehicle shut down a southbound lane of Interstate 95 in Darien late Tuesday afternoon and slowed traffic in the area for hours.

Trooper First Class Kelly Grant said State Police responded at 5:30 p.m., and that life-threatening injuries were reported. Further details were not available Tuesday night.

The state Department of Transportation reported that the passenger vehicle was burning between exits 9 and 10, and causing traffic delays back up to 13 as of 6:45 p.m., with the far right travel lane closed. The vehicle was in a wooded area just off the highway, near the Darien rest stop.

As of 6:45, the DOT estimated the accident would cause delays for up to four hours. The Darien Volunteer Fire Department was still at the scene as of 6:50 p.m., but officials did not have information on what caused the fire.

State Police at Troop G in Bridgeport reported at 8:25 p.m. that the fire was under investigation.