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Old Saybrook — Crews working to clear the scene of a tractor trailer accident on Interstate 95 North in Old Saybrook plan to reopen all lanes of traffic this afternoon to accommodate rush hour traffic, according to the state Department of Transportation.
The tractor trailer struck and damaged about 100 feet of guardrail in a 4:38 a.m. crash. State police said the tractor trailer traveled down an embankment and damaged its fuel tank, resulting in a minor fuel leak. The truck was carrying about 75,000 pounds of produce.
In addition to state police, the state DOT, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and Department of Consumer Protection also responded to the scene.
The right lane of traffic was closed for much of the day, leading to traffic congestion along a 6.5-mile stretch between Exits 63 and 67.
State DOT spokesman Kevin Nursick said despite the fact the tractor trailer has not yet been removed, the right lane was reopened at about 3:30 p.m. to avoid any further congestion.
The shoulder of the highway will remain closed. Crews will return at about 7 p.m. to continue work to remove the tractor trailer and to start repairs on the guardrails, Nursick said.
The driver of the tractor trailer, Christopher Amponsah, 48, of Worcester, Mass., was not injured. Further information about the crash is not yet available.