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Bus crash causes major delays on I-95 in Stratford

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STRATFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A crash on I-95 involving two tour buses, a tractor trailer and a car backed up traffic for ten miles on Wednesday morning.

The accident stopped travelers in Stratford between exits 31 and 30 for hours.

"I was just trying to get home," said Kenny Rivera of Bridgeport. "I got out of work at noon and I've spent almost two hours in traffic."

Police said a chain reaction crash was caused when a tractor trailer made a sudden stop when a car cut him off.

The tractor trailer and a Dartmouth Coach bus, which is based out of New Hampshire, behind it stopped, but the third vehicle, a bus based out of Canada, did not.

The Canada bus slammed into the coach bus and pushed it into the tractor trailer. A fourth car, behind the Canada bus, didn't stop in time and hit the back of the bus.

There were nine people taken to Bridgeport and St. Vincent's hospitals with minor injuries, including two passengers from the fourth car.

There were 76 people total on the two buses. Some were loaded onto a school bus and taken away from the scene. The director of operations for Dartmouth Coach says they used a car service to get the rest of their passengers to Midtown New York City.

Traffic was only getting by southbound on the shoulder, and troopers said the backup stretched for nearly 10 miles at one point.

"It puts a real burden on us because we can only get so far," said Steve Moats of Pennsylvania. "We try to avoid this way anyway as much as possible because there's always something on this way every day."

The crash held up many July 4th travelers.

"It's just frustrating sitting there like," said Emily Hamilton of Maine, who was traveling from Maine to Pennsylvania with a 2-month child. "We just wish we could get there, get to our family and not be sitting in it, it's just tiring."

State Police said the drivers of the Canada bus and the fourth car were cited for following too closely.

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