All lanes back open on I-91 following tractor trailer accident

(Image: Connecticut Department of Transportation)

ROCKY HILL, Conn. (WTNH) — All lanes of Interstate 91 northbound are back open following a serious tractor trailer accident in Rocky Hill early Friday morning.

(WTNH / George Roelefsen)
(WTNH / George Roelefsen)

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Connecticut State Police dispatchers say they sent crews to the scene at exit 23 on I-91 northbound around 3:00 a.m., after a tractor trailer veered off the roadway and down an embankment.

(WTNH / George Roelefesen)
(WTNH / George Roelefesen)

Rocky Hill Fire firefighters were on the scene as they worked to extricate the driver, which they said was a lengthy process from the damage to the turck. Troopers spoke with News 8 via phone, and said that two people were injured in the crash.

According to State Police, the passenger was able to get out of the truck on their own, but the driver needed to be rescued from the truck by first responders.

The driver sustained severe leg injuries in the crash, and was transported by LifeStar helicopter just before 6:00 a.m. The passenger was transported by ambulance to Hartford Hospital for treatment. Troopers tell News 8 both people are listed in stable condition. Police have identified the driver as 52-year-old Luis Flores of Milville, N.J. and the passenger as 57-year-old Rafael Claudio of Bridgeton, N.J.

The two left lanes of the highway were re-opened just after 6:15 a.m., with another lane open by 6:35 a.m. All lanes were back open by 7:30 a.m.

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(WTNH / George Roelefsen)
(WTNH / George Roelefsen)

Rocky Hill fire officials told News 8 that a few of their firefighters were overheated while wearing full gear at the crash site. All were treated for heat related complications at the scene, and have been released.

Connecticut Department of Transportation crews and State Police are still on the shoulder of the roadway working to remove the truck from the woods and conduct their investigation. Troopers ask motorists to please comply with the State’s Move Over Law.

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