By Margaret Leonard
NORTH STONINGTON –
Update from Stephen Mansfield, Director of Health, Ledge Light Health District 8:30 P.M.“This afternoon, a tractor trailer was traveling northbound on I-95 in North Stonington and crashed into the bridge over Rte 49. The truck and trailer caught fire and was extinguished. It has been determined that the tractor trailer was carrying various herbicides and pesticides. Though much of the materials were consumed by fire, DEEP is currently assessing the possible effects on surface and groundwater, including assessing water quality in the Pawcatuck River and it’s tributaries. Residents are advised to avoid the Pawcatuck river and it’s tributaries from the junction of I-95 and Route 49, south to the mouth of the Pawcatuck river.
DEEP, the state agency leading this response, is working with the cargo carrier, CT DPH Drinking Water Section, Ledge Light Health District, Westerly Water Dept. and local officials regarding this incident, and will be providing more details as they become available.”
Update from Connecticut State Police 8:19 P.M. "Interstate 95 Northbound in the area of Exit 92 is expected to remain closed through midnight. The Department of Transportation will be inspecting the bridge which runs over Route 49, Pendleton Hill Road. The heavy duty wrecker, North East Towing, will then begin removing the melted trailer.
At approximately 2:02 p.m., a tractor trailer was traveling in the left lane of two when its tire blew out causing the tractor to strike a bridge abutment and catch on fire. There are no reported injuries."
A fire engulfed a tractor-trailer traveling northbound on I-95 Tuesday afternoon. No injuries were reported. At approximately 2:00 P.M. a call came in to Wequetequock and North Stonington Fire departments notifying them of a large vehicle fire just south of exit 93 North on the route 49 overpass. The tractor trailer, which was supposedly transporting fertilizer, is nothing more than a shell, having been completely engulfed in flames.
According to a social media post from Connecticut State Police - Troop E, “Interstate 95 Northbound at Exit 92 is closed due to a tractor trailer fire. Expect traffic delays, please try to find alternative routes of travel. Route 49 on the Stonington/North Stonington line which runs under the highway is also closed.”
In a request for information on contaminants and structural damage to the overpass, first selectmen of North Stonington Mike Urgo responded “Unknown as far as structural damage at this time. Still confirming what was in the truck”Request for statements from the Connecticut Department of Transportation, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection as well as Ledgelight Health Department had not been returned at the time of publication.The CT DOT recommends avoiding the area, the highway remains shutdown as of 6 PM Tuesday evening.