Traffic was at a standstill from Norwalk back into Fairfield for more than an hour Thursday morning after after a motorcyclist trying to evade state troopers crashed on Interstate 95 southbound in Norwalk.
The crash happened at about 8 a.m. and led to the closure of the right and center lanes between exits 16 and 15, state police and the state Department of Transportation said. By 8:30 a.m. southbound traffic was backed up as far back as exit 20 in Fairfield, and northbound traffic was backed up in Norwalk while motorists slowed down to look at the crash scene.
State police said they have tried to stop the man in the past for reckless driving.
The driver atop a red motorcycle wearing a yellow helmet crashed at Exit 16, sustaining injuries to his arms and legs, troopers said.
Dispatchers called out the man’s position as he drove southbound, weaving in an out of traffic and driving on the median and shoulder.
Stamford police were being put into position at Exit 6 in Stamford in order to follow the driver because that is where he usually gets off the thruway and where his trail has been lost in the past.
At 8:10 Stamford units were called off Exit 6 because the man had crashed the motorcycle.
Traffic was snarled until the crash was cleared at about 9:30 a.m.
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