Load of live fish condemned following truck rollover on I-95

Emergency crews clean 2,500 pounds of live fish from Interstate 95 on Monday, Sept. 20, 2010, following a rollover that closed two lanes of traffic on the southbound side for nearly four hours. The driver was uninjured in the accident, but the load of fish was condemned by the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection.
Emergency crews clean 2,500 pounds of live fish from Interstate 95 on Monday, Sept. 20, 2010, following a rollover that closed two lanes of traffic on the southbound side for nearly four hours. The driver was uninjured in the accident, but the load of fish was condemned by the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection.Contributed Photo

A rollover accident on Interstate 95 Monday evening spilled 2,500 pounds of live fish onto the heavily traveled highway and shut down two southbound lanes for approximately four hours.

The entire load of fish was condemned by the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection, which responded to the 6:15 p.m. accident along with members of the state police, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Department of Transportation and the Westport Fire Department.

The driver of the flatbed truck was uninjured, officials said.

The accident caused approximately 10 gallons of diesel fuel to spill across all three lanes of the highway, in the vicinity of exit 17, near the Saugatuck River in Westport. A 300-pound liquid oxygen was also discovered to be leaking.

"To increase safety and move the process along, the tank was submerged in a 3,000-gallon tank of water that was supplied by the Weston Fire Department on mutual aid request," reported Assistant Fire Chief William Dingee.

It was then discharged in a "safe area" under the direction of the DEP.