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SUV crashes into Waterford Weigh Station on Interstate 95

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State Police and officials with the Connecticut Department of Transportation are investigating what caused a driver to crash their SUV into a weigh station building on Interstate 95 in Waterford midday Friday.

Just after 11 a.m., troopers responded to the weigh station on the southbound side of Interstate 95 on reports that a vehicle had crashed into the weigh station building. Upon arrival, first responders found the building had been demolished from the impact.

“It’s incredibly scary especially living in this area and having my family here as well,” said Alyssa Edwards of Waterford. “Like you never know if it’s going to be your family,”

State Police tell News 8 there were no serious injuries. The man behind the wheel of the SUV has been taken to Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London for evaluation and treatment.

The structural damage to the building however was so extensive the Department of Transportation brought in a front loader to tear it down. 

The Department of Motor Vehicles which runs the weigh stations in the state says fortunately no one was inside the building at the time of the crash.

The scene caused some rubbernecking delays on both the north and south sides of Interstate 95 midday Friday. At one point, a driver in a Jeep traveling on the southbound side lost control and jumped the curb. The Jeep wobbled after hitting the curb, but the driver was able to regain control, stabilize, and return back to I-95.

“A lot of people need to slow down and not pay attention to what’s out there but need to pay attention to what’s in front of them,” said Edwards.

Distracted driving during other accidents on this stretch of I-95 have led to additional crashes including some which have been fatal.

“Every time there’s an accident people don’t even pay attention to the road they just stare at the accident and they end up get in an accident themselves all the time,” said Jay Edwards of Waterford.

State police are continuing their investigation as the site is secured. If you witnessed this crash, or have any information that could help officials in their investigation, you’re asked to call State Police Troop E in Montville at 860-848-6500.

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