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Tuesday, April 23 Local

Overturned tractor-trailer closes I-95 north for 8 hours

STAMFORD — An overturned tractor-trailer in Stamford caused traffic mayhem in the region on Monday morning as commuters had to grapple with a shut-down Interstate 95.

The big rig, which was carrying Pine-Sol cleaner, tipped over at roughly 4 a.m. Monday morning, blocking several lanes between Exits 7 and 8 on the northbound side of the roadway. That stretch of highway was closed to traffic due to the incident.

It took crews almost eight hours to clean up the mess and fully open the highway again at around 11:30 a.m.

“It definitely crippled traffic around Stamford and the adjacent municipalities,” said Ted Jankowski, director of public safety, health and welfare for Stamford.

Jankowski said the Stamford Fire Department and rescue unit responded to the scene, as did Stamford’s hazardous materials, or HAZMAT, unit.

“Traffic was horrendous everywhere,” said Jankowski, who said the accident likely added over an hour to commuters’ drive to work.

The truck driver was not seriously hurt.

At around 9:50 a.m., the state Department of Transportation said it was taking about 193 minutes to travel 16 miles from the New York border to Route 7 in Norwalk.

The right lane of the highway was reopened around 10:40 a.m.

Includes prior reporting by Jim Shay.

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