State Police investigating I-84 truck fire involving hazmat


SOUTHBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — The right lane of Interstate 84 eastbound was closed for almost eight hours Thursday morning, after a box truck carrying hazmat caught fire.

Around 3:00 a.m., Troopers responded to I-84 eastbound between exits 15 and 16 on reports of a box truck that they say began to burn due to a brake fire. All eastbound lanes were shut down initially, but the three left lanes reopened just before 4:00 a.m.

Officials with the Connecticut Deptartment of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) were dispatched to deal with the truck’s cargo, which Troopers say consisted of a “hodgepodge” of materials. Palettes or sheets of a food item are piled on top of a flammable cleaner. The process of moving these sheets in order to get to the hazmat was lengthy, according to State Police dispatchers.

There were no injuries reported. The right lane of the highway was reopened just after 11:00 a.m.

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