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Tractor-Trailer Rollover On I-84 In Danbury Snarls Traffic For Hours

A wrecker and work crew attempt to right a rolled over tractor-trailer on the shoulder of I-84 in Danbury late Wednesday morning. Photo Credit: Connecticut Department of Transportation
A CVS truck lies on its side on the shoulder of I-84 in Danbury after an early morning crash Wednesday. Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police
A tractor-trailer crash on I-84 near Exit 5 in Danbury was blocking traffic early Wednesday. Photo Credit: Connecticut Department of Transportation
A rolled-over tractor-trailer was closing part of westbound I-84 in Danbury early Wednesday. Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police

DANBURY, Conn. — It wasn't the kind of publicity that CVS wanted: A tractor-trailer bearing the drug store's bright red block letters was on its side, blocking I-84 in Danbury after a rollover crash early Wednesday.

The crash caused traffic jams for hours — with backups at one point for more than 10 miles on I-84 into Newtown, according to the Connecticut Department of Transportation. Danbury saw backups on many surface streets, including onto Main Street, and back onto Route 7 as well.

The crash initially blocked the entire roadway of I-84 west, then just two lanes and then just the shoulder as crews completed the cleanup work, which lasted into the afternoon.

The crash occurred at 4:40 a.m. Wednesday near Exit 5 of westbound I-84 in Danbury as the tractor-trailer struck a jersey barrier on the right shoulder of the highway, then rolled over onto its driver's side, state police said in a statement.

The tractor-trailer slid on the highway and came to an uncontrolled stop in the left and center lane of three on I-84 west, state police said.

The driver, Robert Benoit, 28, of Webster, Mass., sustained only minor injuries in the crash. He was wearing a seatbelt, but the truck's airbags did not deploy.

DOT supervisors and state troopers diverted traffic until Hilario's Towing removed the tractor-trailer from the highway, state police said.

I-84 was blocked in the area for about three hours as traffic used the right lane to get past the accident scene, state police said.

The tractor-trailer, a 2017 Freightliner towing a 2015 Great Dane trailer, was hauling general merchandise for CVS. The truck was operated out of Rhode Island.

A wrecker was used to "right" the truck, and workers had to unload its contents and pack the items onto another truck, according to the News-Times .

It was raining early Wednesday in the area, after periods of overnight snow and freezing rain, which could have caused slick road conditions in the area, DOT said.

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