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Tractor trailer crash on I-95 causes traffic nightmare for holiday weekend travelers

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The charred remains on the tractor trailer. (State police photo) The charred remains on the tractor trailer. (State police photo)
Smoke billowed out after a crash on I-95. (iWitness photo) Smoke billowed out after a crash on I-95. (iWitness photo)
Lifestar responded to the crash. (iWitness photo) Lifestar responded to the crash. (iWitness photo)
STONINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

A fiery tractor trailer wreck on Interstate 95 in North Stonington shut down the highway for several hours on Friday.

Police said a tractor trailer ran off the northbound side of I-95 just past exit 92 around 1 p.m. and became an inferno when it burst into flames.

Both sides of I-95 were fully re-opened around 4 p.m.

I-95 was shut down for several hours for two reasons, so emergency people can get to the scene and Department of Transportation officials could investigate the cause of the crash. 

The southbound side was closed because the Lifestar emergency helicopter was called to the scene. However, it reopened around 11 a.m.

Heavy holiday traffic quickly clogged local roads with tractor trailers and out-of-state drivers unfamiliar with the area.

“I'm from the country back in Virginia. I'm not used to this,” Cynthia Spriinkle said. “It is what it’s we are better off than the people who were in the accident."

The ripple effect on small local roads was stressful for shoreline towns and strain on emergency services. 

"It’s unbelievable. The fact of the matter is its Labor Day weekend,” Stonington Selectman Rob Simmons said. “Tourism is huge in this part of the state. There are a lot of people that are saying, ‘we're not going.’"

The driver was transported to a local hospital, but any injuries are unknown.

There's also no word on what sparked the fire.

The governor has stressed the state's transportation infrastructure needs a huge investment including widening I-95 in the crash corridor between Old Lyme and the Rhode Island border.

Last month, two people died in a tractor trailer crash on I-95 in Old Lyme. Hours after another truck crash was reported on I-95 in Old Saybrook. 

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