Truck accident cleared on I-95 in Greenwich
UPDATE: 5:30 p.m.
GREENWICH — A tractor trailer that overturned on the northbound side of I-95 in Cos Cob Tuesday morning caused major delays on the highway, also clogging local streets.
An extensive clean-up of diesel fuel that spilled when the truck flipped over compounded the delays. No major injuries were reported Tuesday — and there were two other collisions involving trucks in Greenwich.
State Police said the tractor trailer was involved in a collision with a passenger vehicle near exit 4, at Indian Field Road, around 11: 20 a.m. Authorities said the driver of the passenger vehicle suffered minor injuries, and the Greenwich Emergency Medical Service transported the person to an area hospital.
The truck, carrying granite counter tops, ran up onto the divider in the middle of the highway.
“The tractor trailer ended up on the center median, and the cab was on its side,” said Deputy Fire Chief Keith Millette.
The truck lost a load of diesel fuel in the collision, more than 100 gallons. Millette said firefighters clamped off a fuel line to minimize the flow of fuel, but a significant amount spilled out — “there was a lot to clean up,” he said.
The Department of Department of Energy and Environmental Protection was called out to assist, and a contractor was put to work mopping up the fuel.
The emergency-responders also faced another challenge as they worked to clear the wreck — tons of granite in the trailer. “It was a very heavy load, it was difficult to upright the container,” said the deputy chief.
One lane was re-opened in the early afternoon, and all lanes were reopened around 3:20 p.m. As two heavy tow-trucks went to work on removing the trailer in the late afternoon, all the lanes were closed off again for about 20 minutes.
Delays stretched for more than three miles, to the New York state border, as congestion mounted. Compounding the bad traffic conditions, two other truck accidents also took place Tuesday afternoon within a short distance of the major accident in Cos Cob. “That also contributed to the traffic nightmare,” said Millette.
Cars attempting to avoid the accidents on I-95 ended up on local streets, as well, and Route 1 was congested in Greenwich throughout the day.