Two tractor-trailer crash causes delays on I-91 South in Meriden


MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — State Police responded Wednesday to a crash involving two tractor-trailers, with one of them overturned, on Interstate-91 south in Meriden.

The crash happened around 7:51 a.m. Wednesday between Exits 18 and 17, where it meets Route 15. I-91 south is currently congested between Exits 19 and 17 because of emergency road work between Exits 18 and 17, and the right lane is closed, according to the Connecticut Department of Transportation.

Police said the two tractor-trailers and a third vehicle were traveling on I-91 south, just north of Exit 17 in Meriden. Police say one tractor-trailer was traveling in the left lane, the other was traveling in the center lane and the vehicle was traveling in the right lane.

Per witness accounts and investigative conclusions, police say the vehicle unsafely crossed into the center lane and struck the second tractor-trailer. This impact caused the second tractor-trailer to veer to the left where it struck the tractor portion of the first tractor-trailer.

The second tractor-trailer then redirected back to the right and hit the front end of the vehicle, continuing toward the right shoulder where it struck and went through the guard rail, dragging the car with it through the guard rail. The first tractor-trailer was knocked into the median where it struck the guard rail and rolled onto its driver’s side.

Witnesses said the driver of the vehicle was driving erratically and weaving in and out of lanes prior to the crash.

Police said all operators reported minor injuries. Both tractor-trailer operators were transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital for further evaluation, according to police.

Police said the vehicle operator, identified as Eric Ploof of Colchester, was issued a misdemeanor summons for violation of CGS 14-222 Reckless Driving, CGS 14-236 Failure to Maintain Proper Lane and 14-232(a)(1) Improper Passing/Cutting In.

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