Crash closes I-91 south all afternoon

MERIDEN — An accident involving two tractor-trailers caused Interstate 91 south to be closed for several hours in the vicinity of exit 17 Monday afternoon.

At about 1:45 p.m., the truck driven by owner-operator Arben Buzali, 45 of Worcester, Mass., rear-ended a Ginnetti Petroleum Transporters truck driven by James Condon, 54, of New Haven, after Condon had stopped due to traffic, according to a police report.

State police said Buzali was following too closely and was unable to brake in time. He was cited for failure to maintain a proper distance. Condon struck his head and sustained a hand laceration, but declined medical treatment. Buzali was unharmed, police said.

Troopers diverted cars off the highway onto the Wilbur Cross Parkway via exit 17. Sgt. Jeff Herget of the Meriden police said the vehicle detour led to increased traffic in the city.

The Meriden Fire Department also responded to the accident, and the Wallingford Fire Department temporarily sent an engine to the Meriden town line in case it was needed for assistance or to cover calls in that area while Meriden units were at the crash site, said Meriden Battalion Chief Joseph Czentnar.

The accident scene was cleared at about 6 p.m., according to the Department of Transportation.

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