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After tricky commute, state police warn drivers to clear vehicle roofs

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As traffic picked up during a slick and slushy Tuesday morning commute, so did the number of spin outs and crashes.

Following that, state police urged drivers to clear their roofs or face the consequences.

Plows came in and out of Department of Transportation garages all night.

While black top was visible on Interstate-84 in the East Hartford area, drivers reported a tricky morning commute all over the state.

State police said there was a 12-vehicle pileup in Trumbull on Route 25 northbound. The said they would be shutting down the ramp at exit 7 to Route 15 southbound and White Plains Road.

Troopers said drivers have been driving way too fast for conditions.

In West Haven, Interstate-95 was closed on the northbound side because of an overturned tractor-trailer. It remained that way as of 7:20 a.m., more than four hours later.

At about 2:30 p.m., State Police said two lanes were open in the area, but drivers should expect delays.

State police also said earlier on Tuesday that I-95 between Branford and Guilford was closed by exit 57 on the northbound side. It has since reopened, according to the DOT.

There was no word on injuries in any of the crashes.

In total, state police were called to about 150 crashes and spin outs throughout  the state. 

Keep an eye on traffic conditions here.

In addition to difficult road conditions, drivers may have to contend with "ice missiles" that fall off or uncleared vehicles.

State police continue to warn about potential fines, as they have been doing all winter long.

Troopers said they've handed out dozens of tickets this season.

Fines can range as high as $212.

AAA said their crews were busy on Tuesday morning as well.  They were called to more than 500 calls.

Many of the emergency calls were for cars that sat idle all weekend, AAA officials said. AAA said a significant number of the calls for help were for dead batteries with the majority of calls in the Hartford and greater Hartford area. 

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