Finally, a good ride on Interstate 95 after a nine-vehicle accident in Fairfield caused massive traffic problems earlier today.
Southbound lanes have reopened to traffic and there is light congestion.
The Merritt Parkway is also in good shape.
Nine vehicles were involved in the 11 a.m. crash near Exit 21; one of vehicles rolled over.
Three people were extricated from the vehicles and taken to Bridgeport Hospital.
One of the passengers injured was a 3 and one-half week-old infant.
Here’s the release on the crash from the Fairfield Fire Department:
“On Saturday morning at approximately 11:04 the Fairfield Emergency Communications Center received a call reporting a multi-vehicle accident on I-95 southbound between Exit 22 and Exit 21. Fairfield Fire Department Engine 2, Ladder 2, and Car 3 responded. Car 3 was the first to arrive on scene at approximately 11:08 to report a very serious multi-vehicle accident with three occupants entrapped in one vehicle.
“Assistant Chief Schuyler Sherwood assumed command of the incident. One of the entrapped occupants was a three and a half week old infant that was secured in a car seat. All southbound lanes of the highway were closed to traffic. Engine 4, Engine 1, and Ladder 1 were special called to the scene. Personnel immediately began treating numerous patients who appeared to have serious injuries. Extrication was initiated utilizing multiple hydraulic rescue tools. The scene required 18 firefighters to rapidly extricate and treat all injured patients, secure any of the hazards and fluid spills associated with the accident. There were at least 9 vehicles involved in the accident.
“Fire Chief Richard Felner was on scene supporting as a liaison with the State Police.
“American Medical Response arrived shortly after the fire department with three ambulances and a supervisor. The patients were transported by AMR. The Fire Department remained on scene until approximately 12:12 PM.”
Alternate secondary roads like Route 1 were clogged.
At 12:28 p.m., one dispatcher in Fairfield called the Post Road “a parking lot; the whole stretch.”
To make matters worse, two more accidents were reported. One was southbound near Exit 23 in Fairfield. Dispatches say a car struck a box truck. Both vehicles are in the center median.
And there was a northbound accident near Exit 18 in Westport.
Traffic was backed up several miles about 4 MILES both directions, between Bridgeport and Westport.
Drivers attempted to get off the highway by going the wrong way down the exit/entrance ramps.
State Police ordered motorists to stop and threatened them with tickets.
Northbound traffic was being delayed as motorists slow down to take a look.
Exit 17 Westport (traffic lightens up, finally)