Storm blamed for dangerous driving conditions Thursday morning - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Storm blamed for dangerous driving conditions Thursday morning


A traffic nightmare was reported along Interstate 84 Thursday morning after two crashes involving multiple tractor trailers and cars occurred.

One of those crashes had the eastbound side of the interstate shut down for nearly four hours while emergency crews tried to remove the mangled mess from the area.

Two Fed-Ex trucks, plus more tractor trailers and even more cars were crumpled and crossing the highways near exit 69.

Amazingly, state police said, no major injuries were reported as a result of the crashes.

The problem is cleaning up.

"I left early thinking that I might get there on time, but I didn't expect this as all," said UConn student Mark Begarz.

He said he was trying to get to class at the University of Connecticut but was stuck in traffic.

While heavy-duty wreckers were called in to pull out one big 18-wheeler at a time, traffic behind the crash came to a screeching halt.

"We were past when we realized," said Artur Cravo. "We were already off when the GPS gave us the exit. We were already on the side. We got stuck."

With nowhere to go, he said he got out to stretch his legs while other got out the maps to find an alternate route.

The highway reopened just after 1 p.m.

Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection said the crash had a minor environmental impact.

During the crash, there were no more than 10 gallons of diesel fuel spilled combined.

Environmental Services Inc. was hired by DEEP to help with the removal of five to six yards of diesel fuel impacted soil.

Connecticut State Police said they contacted the Department of Transportation when they realized roads were icing over.

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