Police: Driver was using cell phone before tractor trailer overturned on I-91

MERIDEN — State police responded to the scene of a tractor trailer accident early Friday morning on Interstate 91 north by exit 18.

Alejandro Maiz Leikin, 54, of Miami, Fla., was charged with using a cell phone while driving, distracted driving, failure to maintain lane, left lane restriction, and failure to wear seatbelt.

Leikin was driving in the left lane when the tractor trailer drifted over the median and the truck overturned, state police said. The tractor trailer was fully loaded with various produce, state police said. Leikin was issued an infraction ticket for the incident, state police said.

The accident occurred at 2:47 a.m., state police said. The tractor trailer went into the center embankment that separates the north and southbound lanes of I91. State police said the left and center lanes were closed on the northbound side. There were no injuries reported, state police said. The southbound side had no delays.

The Meriden Fire Department also responded to the accident, but as of 7:30 a.m. had cleared the scene.

Northbound traffic was backed up to exit 15 in Wallingford, according to the DOT.

Officials from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Department of Transportation and Department of Consumer Protection were all notified and responded to the scene, state police said.

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