Car crash disrupts morning commute near Old Lyme

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An accident between a tractor-trailer and a Toyota Camry about 6:30 a.m. Thursday near Old Lyme caused traffic delays for about a half-hour, according to state police Trooper Christine Jeltema.

According to state police, the driver of the tractor-trailer, identified as Jake Ware of Greenville, S.C., was traveling north on Interstate 95 in the right lane near Old Lyme. As Ware began switching lanes from right to left, the Camry, driven by Josephine Pacheco of Hartford, "sideswiped" the tractor-trailer.

Pacheco, who had a passenger in her car, received a verbal warning for unsafe passing. No one was injured.

The right lane between Exits 70 and 71 was closed due to the crash, and causing traffic congestion for miles, including for motorists attempting to merge onto I-95 and the Raymond E. Baldwin Bridge over the Connecticut River coming from the direction of Old Saybrook.

Many drivers detoured by taking Exit 70 in Old Lyme and taking back roads before rejoining I-95 east of the crash site.

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