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Crash in Stratford shuts I-95 north

Connecticut Post
Updated 12:14 am, Saturday, April 5, 2014

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  • A multi-vehicle accident shut down the northbound lanes of I-95, near Exit 30, Surf Avenue in Stratford, Conn. for close to two hours Friday, April 4, 2014. Photo: Autumn Driscoll / Connecticut Post

    A multi-vehicle accident shut down the northbound lanes of I-95, near Exit 30, Surf Avenue in Stratford, Conn. for close to two hours Friday, April 4, 2014.

    Photo: Autumn Driscoll

 

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STRATFORD -- At least five vehicles, including a jackknifed tractor-trailer, blocked the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 on Friday, and as many as five people were brought to Bridgeport Hospital from the scene.

State police confirmed that no one was killed in the crash, but Lt. J. Paul Vance said there were injuries. The identities and conditions of those who were injured were not immediately available.

The crash, near the Surf Avenue exit, happened around 1:30 p.m.. The northbound side of the highway was still closed an hour later, and traffic on the southbound side was slowed to a crawl.

Initial reports indicated that the accident occurred when ladder fell from a pickup truck, causing vehicles to swerve. Two cars were up against the cement median. Stratford firefighters extricated at least two people from the vehicles.

The tractor-trailer wound up across the right and center lanes; its cab was on the grass off the right shoulder. Other involved vehicles were in the left lane and shoulder.

A hazardous-materials unit came to the scene to clean up diesel fuel that spilled from the truck's saddle tanks. State Police diverted traffic onto local roads, which also quickly backed up.

The accidentally was cleared about 90 minutes after it was reported, but traffic remained sluggish in the area through the evening rush hour.