Department of Transportation traffic camera of I-84 E by exit 31

Two hospitalized in I-84 truck accidents in Southington

SOUTHINGTON — State police and local fire units responded to two truck accidents on Interstate 84 east that occurred within two miles of each other Thursday morning. One person was hospitalized in each of the crashes, one with a serious injury.

A 6 a.m. tractor-trailer rollover in the vicinity of Exit 32 blocked the entire highway and shut down all three lanes between Exits 31 and 32 for about two hours, according to a state police accident report. The right lane reopened after the truck’s cab was hauled away and a fuel spill was cleaned up, but the remaining lanes stayed closed for another hour until the trailer was removed, after its cargo was unloaded, said Capt. Tom Donnelly of the Southington Fire Department.

The male operator was taken to the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain with minor injuries and was cited for an infraction, failure to maintain his lane. The truck was totaled.

Firefighters were at the scene until about 9 a.m. Department of Transportation workers were clearing wreckage and debris from the scene into the afternoon, said Lt. Eric Heath of the fire department.

The highway’s right and center lanes were closed again near Exit 31 at about 10:30 a.m. when a minivan rear-ended a box truck. The minivan driver had to be extricated from the vehicle and was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Hartford with serious injuries. The truck operator was unhurt, according to the accident report.

The truck had rear-end damage, having been hit from behind by the minivan, which was totaled. The truck was operable and driven from the site, Donnelly said.

The scene was cleared by 1 p.m. and the lanes were reopened, Heath said.

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