OLD LYME, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) – A fatal crash closed Interstate 95 northbound in Old Lyme Wednesday afternoon.

State police say the crash, involving a car fire and a truck and trailer towing an excavator, occurred around 2 p.m. between exits 70 and 71. Two  fatalities  were reported.

Troopers were trying to help vehicles stuck in traffic turn around and exit the highway

Traffic was being taken off the highway at exit 70 and police warned of an extended closure during the afternoon commute. Motorists were urged to seek alternate routes if possible.

  1. Judy Palmer says:

    23 years ago the State of Connecticut worked on this section of roadway up to the Route 395 left- hand ramp. Since I was just moving to Connecticut, I was excited that 2 lanes would be going to 3 lanes and the traffic jams would cease – NOT. I guess the folks in the Capitol in Hartford don’t drive along Route 95 between New Haven and the Rhode Island state line. They don’t have a clue how hazardous it is. 3 people killed several years ago from a truck hauling flammable materials going over the tiny median divider. There are north and south bound lanes right next to each other with what the Hartford ‘big shots’ call a barrier. Speed reduced to 50 miles per hour; but have you ever seen a State Trooper pull over anyone? Or have you ever seen a State Trooper at all in that area? My take is they don’t want to risk their lives on this section of the highway. Personally I wouldn’t want to be in a cruiser along this section; I’m partial, I grew up with a huge and extended family of police and firemen. Please Hartford – WAKE UP – and make our roads safer!!! And while you are at it, stop allowing TREES to grow on roads; cut them down and open up the sides of all roads for safety and less loss of power.

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