Accident closes NB Merritt Parkway in Greenwich

UPDATE: 7:00 p.m.

The northbound side of Route 15 is now open in Greenwich following today’s earlier truck fire. The accident was cleared just after 6:30 p.m. according to the state DOT.

Footage of today’s truck fire on the Merritt Parkway northbound, near the New York border: 

UPDATE: 4:00 p.m.

Traffic chaos continues to spread in the wake of Tuesday morning’s butter truck accident on the Merritt Parkway. Despite efforts to clear the burnt-out truck bed and reopen the highway to traffic, Police now say that northbound lanes will remain closed at the Greenwich border through rush hour.


Officers continue to urge motorists to avoid the Merritt Parkway as well as surrounding residential roads in Greenwich and Rye Brook, which have been similarly gridlocked all afternoon.


The truck fire also appears to have caused another minor accident on the southbound side of the Merritt Parkway involving a gawking driver. No injuries have been reported.



UPDATE: 1:39 p.m.

Northbound lanes on the Merritt Parkway remain closed, but southbound traffic is now moving smoothly.

Greenwich police say the northbound lanes will remain closed for hours.

UPDATE: 12:42 p.m. 

Greenwich police tweeted with photo below: “Grw traffic is flowing with moderate traffic on King Street West County waiting for safety barricades before opening.”

Traffic on both sides of the Merritt in Greenwich is gridlocked. Avoid.


UPDATE: 12:30 p.m.

Westchester County Police are investigating the circumstances  of Tuesday’s butter truck blaze on the Merritt Parkway, while Greenwich officers have been tasked with clearing the northbound lanes of butter and cleaning-up the emerging traffic meltdown.

“It came to rest in Greenwich,” said Lt. Kraig Gray of the Greenwich Police. “It’s just clean-up here in Connecticut.”

The truck slammed into the King Street Bridge along the New York-Connecticut border around 11:20 a.m. Tuesday afternoon and burst into flames, spilling liquefied butter across the asphalt.

The Hutchinson River Parkway and Merrit Parkway northbound is expected to remain closed for several hours, and Greenwich Police plan to open Glenville Road as a bypass route once fire operations have been completed.


The northbound Merritt Parkway at King Street in Greenwich is closed after a tractor-trailer carrying butter slammed into a bridge at the New York/Connecticut state line.

The accident happened around 11:20 AM Tuesday.

Both northbound and southbound traffic is a mess. Avoid the parkway at all costs.

Greenwich police tweeted the truck contained only butter and no hazardous material and no one hurt including the operator and the single passenger.

Traffic on King Street is heavy, but passable, traffic is growing northbound coming from Westchester County into Connecticut.

Greenwich police, state troopers and the Greenwich Fire Department are on the scene.

Trucks are not allowed on the Merritt Parkway.





Jim Shay