A car in middle of Route 8 in Litchfield caused the highway to be shut down in both directions for several hours and sent two people to the hospital.
State police said the crash involved a tanker truck carrying fuel and a second vehicle on the southbound side of Route 8 around 4:30 a.m. State police said it is unknown why the car was in the middle of the road.
A 2007 Infiniti FX35 was in the middle of the highway when state police said a tanker truck approached it and tried to swerve out of the way.
The tanker truck, which was loaded with diesel fuel and gasoline, hit the Infiniti, state police said.
The truck caught fire as a result of the crash. Firefighters had to use foam to put out the flames and to contain a fuel spill.
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection was called to the scene. A DEEP spokesperson said the tanker was carrying about 7,800 gallons of gasoline at the time of the crash.
A DEEP spokesperson said no fuel in the tanker of the vehicle spilled, but the saddle tanks of the cab of the truck did rupture releasing the diesel fuel in them.
Police said both drivers were taken to Waterbury Hospital with “minor injuries.”
The highway was closed in both directions between exits 39 and 41. That area reopened around 7:45 a.m., Department of Transportation officials said.
Police said the investigation in the crash is “active” and anyone with any information is asked to call state police at 860-826-7900.
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