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Messy Fuel Spill After Truck Collision Blamed For Closing I-95 In Norwalk

A box truck was knocked on its side after colliding with a tractor trailer on I-95 southbound in Norwalk Tuesday morning.
A box truck was knocked on its side after colliding with a tractor trailer on I-95 southbound in Norwalk Tuesday morning. Photo Credit: Norwalk Fire Department
The Norwalk Fire Department responds to the accident, which spilled oil and diesel onto three lanes of highway.
The Norwalk Fire Department responds to the accident, which spilled oil and diesel onto three lanes of highway. Photo Credit: Norwalk Fire Department

NORWALK, Conn. -- All three lanes of I-95 southbound were closed in Norwalk for hours Tuesday after a box truck collided with a tractor-trailer, causing a messy fuel spill.

Norwalk fire officials said the box truck hit the tractor-trailer as it entered the highway near Exit 15 at about 11 a.m. Tuesday.

The collision knocked the box truck onto its side, causing it to spin and strike an SUV, then slide into a state Department of Transportation truck performing highway maintenance.

Two men in the box truck and the male driver of the SUV were transported to Norwalk Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The DOT workers were not struck because they had established a safety barrier, as per their protocol, fire officials said.

Diesel from the truck's saddle tank and the engine's oil covered the three travel lanes of the highway, causing it to be completely shut down until about 1:30 p.m.

DOT trucks sanded and swept the highway, following state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection procedures for the disposal of contaminated debris, fire officials said.

The Norwalk Fire Department is reminding drivers to be alert and slow down in work zones.

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