NORTH STONINGTON, Conn. (WTNH)– A tractor-trailer truck fire closed Interstate 95 in North Stonington for hours on Tuesday.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation reports that I-95 northbound was shut down between exits 92 and 93 due to a tractor-trailer truck crash that resulted in a large fire that occurred at around 2:08 p.m.
The director of Ledge Light Health District in News London said the tractor-trailer was carrying “various herbicides and pesticides” and said in a statement, the cargo spilled and burned could have a negative effect on the nearby Pawcatuck River.
Though much of the materials were consumed by fire, DEEP is currently assessing the possible effects on surface and groundwater, including assessing water quality in the Pawcatuck River and its tributaries.
Residents are advised to avoid the Pawcatuck River and its tributaries from the junction of I-95 and Route 49, south to the mouth of the Pawcatuck River. DEEP, the state agency leading this response, is working with the cargo carrier, CT DPH Drinking Water Section, Ledge Light Health District, Westerly Water Dept. and local officials regarding this incident, and will be providing more details as they become available.Stephen Mansfield, Director of Health, Ledge Light Health District
Wednesday, state environmental officials are analyzing soil and samples from the Pawcatuck River and its tributaries.
Officials said no one was transported and that there were only minor injuries. There is still no word on what caused the fire at this time.
Rain has reportedly made it difficult for crews to clear the highway.
The accident was cleared around 2 a.m. Wednesday.
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