Merritt jammed for hours by truck-vs.-bridge crash

Traffic on the Merritt Parkway through Westport and Fairfield was tied up for hours Tuesday after a tractor-trailer truck -- in violation of the highway's truck ban -- got on the road at Exit 42 and rammed the North Avenue overpass heading north.

The disabled tractor-trailer, hauling about 30,000 pounds of flour to Rhode Island, caused one northbound lane of the parkway between Exits 42 and 44 to be closed nearly six hours as operations to remove the damaged truck and its cargo took place.

The mishap took place shortly before noon Tuesday.

Westport firefighters assisted the salvage contractor in removing the flour by cutting a hole in the side of the trailer. The flour was inspected by a state Department of Consumer Protection inspector to determine which flour sacks had to be discarded.

State Police shut down part of the highway so a contractor called in to remove the damaged truck could bring equipment to the scene by traveling the wrong way from Fairfield.

Firefighters and police were on the scene for about six hours as the accident scene was cleaned up and the truck hauled off the roadway.