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Tree falls on I-95 in Greenwich

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Heavy rains have caused a tree to fall on the northbound lanes in Greewich near Exit 5.

No 8:50 a.m. Heavy rains have caused a tree to fall onto two northbound lanes in Greewich between Exits 4 and 5.

A fallen tree in the northbound lanes between Exits 4 and 5  in Greenwich, caused massive traffic delays Thursday morning that backed up for miles into New York state.

It took DOT workers nearly 90 minutes to remove the massive tree that blocked two lanes on the busy highway. Check out the live cam to see where the tree fell.

The tree fell around 8:30 a.m. after a line of heavy thunderstorms raced across southwestern Connecticut, dumping up to an inch of rain on already saturated ground.

The right and center lanes were shut down for more 90 minutes. The center lane reopened at 10:10 a.m.; the right lane a half-hour later.

Northbound traffic was backed up for more than 5 miles, stretching several miles past the Rye Playland Parkway. There was also long southbound delays from rubberneckers looking to grab a glimpse of the tree on the highway.

The tree fell on a tanker-trailer truck that was traveling in the center lane. The driver of the truck was not injured, according to State Police at the Troop G Barracks in Bridgeport.

10:05 a.m. More than 90 minutes after a treet fell, northbound traffic was still backed up.

10:05 a.m. More than 90 minutes after a tree fell, northbound traffic was still backed up.

DOT crews  removed the tree by cutting it into pieces and chipping it away.

The fallen tree was the latest problem in a hellish commute across southwestern Connecticut Thursday morning.

Interstate 95 traffic was bumper to bumper more than 23 miles from Exit 27 in Bridgeport to Exit 5 in Greenwich.

9:20 a.m. DOT crews are the scene cutting up the tree so it can be removed from I-95.

9:20 a.m. DOT crews are the scene cutting up the tree so it can be removed from northbound I-95. Southbound commuters are slowing down to catch some of the tree removal action.

The Merritt Parkway that is prone to flooding and ponding during heavy rains, also had its share of troubles. Delays stretched more than 14 miles from Trumbull to New Canaan.

10:15 a.m.: The tree has been removed and center lane open.

10:15 a.m.: The tree has been removed and center lane open.

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Jim Shay

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