FARMINGTON, CT (WFSB) – A hazardous materials situation forced officers to close Interstate 84 in Farmington and northbound Route 9 in Newington on Wednesday morning, state police said.
Both motorways are now open again; However, the right lane was closed on I-84 West in Farmington between exits 39A and 39, according to the state Department of Transportation.
The reason was a leaking truck transporting pesticides and other flammable liquids.
The east side of I-84 was closed but reopened around 8:30 a.m., according to state police.
Route 9 North was also closed at exit 30 as of 7:55 a.m., the DOT said. However, it has also been reopened.
The incident was first reported just before 7:15 a.m
“This incident is being considered a hazmat incident and not a motor vehicle accident,” state police said. “Preliminary information indicates a vehicle carrying pesticides and other potentially flammable substances is leaking.”
State police, local fire departments, CT DOT and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection were called to the scene.
DEEP said there was no risk to the public.
“The DEEP Emergency Response Unit is responding to an incident involving a tractor trailer hauling boxed and drummed hazardous waste near the Farmington/West Hartford line westbound on I-84,” said Will Healey, communications director for DEEP. “The truck driver noticed a leak and pulled over. DEEP employees assess the situation and determine the next steps.”
Healy said the truck is owned by ACV, which will bring in forklifts and pallets to repack some of the load.
“The materials include pesticides, paints and flammable sand caustics,” he said.
Traffic was diverted off the freeway at exit 40 of I-84.
The state police advised motorists to look for alternative routes.
For real-time traffic information, see the Channel 3 traffic map here.
A hazardous materials situation forced officials to close both sides of Interstate 84 in Farmington Wednesday morning.
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