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I-95 in New Haven reopens after fatal crash

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UPDATED: 11:15 AM

I-95 southbound in New Haven has reopened.

UPDATE: 10:30 AM

More than five hours after a fatal crash, southbound I-95 in New Haven remains closed.

It is closed from Exit 51 to Exit 45.

Meanwhile, on the Merritt Parkway in Trumbull, the left, northbound plane is closed between Exits 46 and 49N (3.2 miles) because of three-vehicle accident.

Also, there is a southbound accident on I-95 in Stamford, between Exits 6 and 5. The right lane is closed. Photo of that crash by Tom Mellena.

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UPDATE: 9:18 AM

Southbound I-95 remains shut down for accident reconstruction.

Earlier SB I-95 crash in Greenwich has been cleared with all lanes reopen.

On the Merritt Parkway, an accident has closed the northbound left lane between Exits 33 and 36 in New Canaan.

UPDATE: 9:01 AM

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut State Police say one person died and another was injured in a wreck that forced the closure of Interstate 95 southbound in New Haven and snarled the morning commute for hours.
Troopers say the accident happened at about 5:15 a.m. Wednesday near Exit 46 and involved two tractor-trailers and another vehicle. Police say one person was pronounced dead at the scene and another was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital with a serious injury.
The victims’ names haven’t been released.
All southbound lanes of the highway remain closed as troopers reconstruct the accident. State police say they’ll reopen the highway as soon as possible, but no time was given.

UPDATE: 8:53 AM

Can’t get a break this AM.

This just in: Motor Vehicle Accident (2 Vehicle) on RT15 Northbound between Exits 36 and 37 in New Canaan. The left lane is closed.

UPDATE: 8:44 AM

Southbound I-95 in New Haven still shut down. Northbound traffic is crawling more than 8 miles from Milford to East Haven.

I-95 in Fairfield County is in good shape with the only problem being a three-vehicle crash, southbound. It has shut down the right lane from Greenwich to the New York state line.

Southbound traffic on the Merritt is starting to loosen up with speeds increasing into the low 30s MPH.

Just over the NY border in Rye, there is now a northbound accident that has shut down two lanes on I-95 near Playland Parkway.

UPDATE: 8:35 AM

The right southbound lane in Greenwich is closed because of a three-vehicle accident from Exit 2 to the NY state line.

Meanwhile, the traffic hell continues in greater New Haven: An overturned motor vehicle on I-95 north between Exits 55 and 56 in Branford. The left lane is closed

UPDATE: 8:30 AM

CRASH DETAILS HERE

From Connecticut State Police:

Today 08/27/14 at 5:14 a.m. Connecticut State Police Troop G received 911 calls reporting a serious crash had just taken place in I-95 S/B near exit 46 in the Long Wharf area in New Haven.

Troopers, EMS, and New Haven Fire Service responded to the scene to find two tractor trailers/ one-vehicle crash.

Extrication was required and one person was pronounced dead at the scene. A second person was extricated and transported to Yale New Haven Hospital with serious injury.

I-95 is closed to allow for accident reconstruction Troopers and Accident investigators to examine the scene and conduct an accident investigation into this crash.

The highway is expected to be reopened as soon as possible. Traffic detours are set up in the area.

UPDATE: 8:14 AM

Drivers looking to avoid the I-95 nightmare in New Haven have a problem on the northbound Wilbur Cross Parkway – an accident that has blocked the right lane.

The accident is between Exits 57 and 58 in Orange.

On the southbound side of the Wilbur, traffic is slow from Hamden to New Haven.

In Fairfield County, I-95 southbound is in surprisingly good shape.

The Merritt Parkway is another story; very slow going from Trumbull to Stamford.

UPDATE: 8:10 AM

WTNH reporting that one person has died in that New Haven crash on I-95.

UPDATE: 8:06 AM

I-95 southbound remains closed in New Haven.

In Fairfield County, SB I-95 traffic is heavy with the slowest speeds between Bridgeport and Fairfield.

Speeds have been knocked down into the teens from Westport to Darien.

Merritt Parkway

From Route 25 in Trumbull down to Exit 41, it’s a slow crawl with speeds in the teens.

After Westport speeds increase into the mid-30s MPH down to Stamford.

Interstate 84

Westbound traffic is slow, in the mid-30s MPH from Southbury into Newtown.

UPDATE: 7:56 AM

Live cams from the New Haven area.

Southbound traffic crawls across the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge in New Haven.

Southbound traffic crawls across the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge in New Haven.

Exit 41 Milford service area

Exit 42 West Haven

Exit 46 New Haven (This is where detoured SB traffic enters I-95)

Exit 50 Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge.

UPDATE: 7:34 AM

Southbound I-95 remains shut down in New Haven and there are huge northbound delays.

Soundbound traffic is being diverted off at Exit 46.

In Fairfield County, traffic isn’t too bad on southbound I-95. The slowest traffic is from Bridgeport to Exit 22 in Fairfield.

And it’s sluggish southbound starting at Exit 17 in Westport down to Exit 13 in Darien. Speeds are in the mid-30s MPG.

Merritt Parkway

Not a good day on the parkway. Southbound is jammed, with speeds in the teens, from Trumbull down to Exit 41 in Westport.

No accidents; just lots of traffic.

UPDATE: 7:19 AM

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Still a traffic nightmare on I-95 in greater New Haven. Southbound remains closed and northbound traffic is crawling at a snail’s pace from Orange to across the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge.

It’s all because of a horrible crash that happened around 5:30 AM. The photo above  (via WTNH) shows a car pinned underneath a tractor-trailer truck.

I-95 southbound is closed from Exit 51 to Exit 45.

Roads along the Long Wharf area, including I-91 and across the Peal Harbor Memorial Bridge are jammed; some speeds are in the single numbers.

At all costs, avoid this area.

In Fairfield County, we’re dealing with the usual traffic congestion.

UPDATE: 7:06 AM

The serious southbound crash on I-95 in New Haven is causing major traffic problems.

And it’s getting worse by the minute.

We now have northbound traffic backed up to exit 41 in Orange.

And southbound I-95 in New Haven remains shut down.

Take the Wilbur Cross Parkway; a good ride to points north.

In Fairfield County, traffic is building quickly.

UPDATE: 6:54 AM

Southbound I-95 remains closed in New Haven. And northbound traffic on the highway is at a crawl.

Expect this mess to last for a few more hours. At all costs AVOID THIS AREA!

In Fairfield County, we’re seeing traffic congestion quickly increasing on I-95 and the Merritt Parkway.

Traffic is getting heavier by the minute; wise to get an early start.

UPDATE: 6:38 AM

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Avoid I-95 in New Haven because it’s a nightmare in both directions.

The area is jammed at Long Wharf because of an earlier accident involving a tractor-trailer truck and a car.

In Fairfield County, we’re starting to see traffic building in the usual trouble spots: I-95 south between Bridgeport and Fairfield and on the southbound Merritt Parkway, just past the Route 25 merge in Trumbull.

UPDATE: 6:29 AM

DOT now days I-95 is closed between Exit 50 (Woodward Avenue) and Exit 45 (Ella Grasso Blvd.)

Northbound traffic on I-95 is also starting to get backed up because of rubbernecking.

In Fairfield County, no traffic problems to report on both I-95 and the Merritt Parkway.

UPDATE: 6:22 AM

I-95 southbound remains closed in New Haven between Exits 48 and 45.

The crash involves a tractor trailer and other vehicles.

Traffic is being diverted off the highway at Exit 46.

Wise to avoid the area.

UPDATE: 6:13 AM

Southbound I-95 in New Haven is closed because of an accident involving a car and two tractor-trailer trucks. LIVE CAM.

Southbound I-95 in New Haven is closed because of an accident involving a car and two tractor-trailer trucks. LIVE CAM.

A serious accident has closed I-95 south in New Haven, just before the merge with I-95

The crash involves two tractor-trailers and a car.

INITIAL POST

We have no major problems on the roads of southwest Connecticut, but then again it’s early.

With the start of a new school year we have more traffic on the roads.

Right now, we have some lingering road work that should be cleared up shortly.

On the Merritt Parkway, there’s some road work still going on northbound in Stamford near Exit 37.

On I-84, we have some westbound work in Newtown at Exit 9.

And in New Haven, there’s a southbound accident where I-91 meets I-95.

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Jim Shay

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