Route 63 reopens in Bethany after tractor trailer crash

BETHANY, Conn. (WTNH)– Route 63 has reopened in Bethany after a tractor trailer accident involving a ruptured fuel tank closed the road Tuesday morning.

State police say Route 63 was closed at Amity Road and Pleasant Drive due to an accident involving a tractor trailer and a car that happened at 5:48 a.m.

State police say a tractor trailer truck, driven by 71-year-old Raymond Burrell, of Naugatuck, was turning left onto Route 63 south from a private driveway when it became disabled in the road. A Chevy Cobalt, driven by 58-year-old Eric Gessner, of Naugatuck, was traveling south also on Route 63 when it struck the right side of the truck.

A fuel tank was ruptured in the crash so the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection responded to the scene for the cleanup.

Gessner complained of back and chest pains following the crash so he was taken to Yale New Haven Hospital for an evaluation. Burrel was issued a written warning for improper parking.

Police say the roadway was dry and paved with no adverse conditions.

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