Overturned tractor-trailer snarls I-395 commute

MONTVILLE, Conn. (WTNH) — A tractor-trailer accident caused some major traffic backups on Interstate 395 on the Montville-Norwich line Wednesday morning.

The accident happened around 5:00 am between exits 9 and 11 (old exits 79A and 80.) Officials tell News 8 that the tractor-trailer was traveling on the northbound side of the highway when it crossed the median and southbound lanes before coming to rest down an embankment over the southbound breakdown lane. No injuries were reported.

The crash caused one of the truck’s saddle tanks to rupture, casuing 125 gallons of diesel fuel to spill out. A second saddle tank remained intact and was removed by an environmental contractor. The fuel spilled into the soil and is not impacting any waterways according to Department of Energy and Environmental Protection spokesman Dennis Schain.

Crews are on the scene repairing the center guardrail. They are expected to close the southbound left lane to begin extracting the tractor-trailer from the embankment. Once the truck is removed, DEEP will excavate the impacted soil after rush-hour is over, likely around 8:00 pm.

Connecticut State Police and the Department of Transportation are working with DEEP to create a protective traffic sign pattern.

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