|STATE OF CONNECTICUT
Department of Public Safety
1111 Country Club Road
Middletown, Connecticut 06457
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 25, 2010
State Police from Troop A in Southbury responded at a reported motor vehicle accident eastbound exits 16-17 on Interstate 84. The accident involved a truck and tractor trailer carrying propane. The propane tank was over-pressurized due to the crash and is off-gassing from the emergency pressure valve.
The highway was immediately closed to eastbound traffic while the propane tank releases over-pressured gas so it can be towed safely from the scene. All eastbound traffic is being directed off the highway at exit #16. Troopers turned vehicles around that were stranded between the exits 16 and 17 and got them off the highway at exit #16.
Middlebury Fire Department, DEP and DOT all responded to the scene. The driver of the box truck complained of minor injuries; he was transported from the scene to an area hospital.
The product is being off loaded and this process must be completed before the highway will be re-opened and the truck towed from the scene.
It is estimated the highway will remain closed until sometime after 6 p.m. Traffic on the eastbound side of the highway is completely backed up for miles due to this crash and will remain so until the scene is cleared.
LT. J. Paul Vance