Tractor trailer crash to close Merritt Parkway in Greenwich for hours

The scene Tuesday of a tractor trailer crash on the Merritt Parkway causing major headaches for drivers.

The scene Tuesday of a tractor trailer crash on the Merritt Parkway causing major headaches for drivers.

The Merritt Parkway northbound will be closed for hours in Greenwich after a Tuesday morning tractor trailer crash that resulted in no injuries but did spill butter out all over the highway.

According to the Greenwich Police Department, the tractor trailer struck the King Street Bridge by Exit 27 right near Connecticut’s state line with New York, impacting both the Merritt and the nearby Hutchinson River Parkway. Trucks are not permitted on either the Merritt nor the Hutch but drivers occasionally will ignore that, resulting in accidents. Police say neither the driver nor the passenger were injured but the cargo load in the tractor trailer was butter and the accident caused butter to be spilled out all over the highway as a crowd of people stood and stared. There is no fear of any hazardous material being spilled at this time.

A person at the scene told the Post that the tractor trailer had been attempting to drive under the bridge on the northbound side of the highway but was unable to and the force of the collision caused it to ignite into flame. Fire crews are on the scene and the fire has been contained but the truck has been burned almost beyond recognition. There has been no official confirmation, though, as to why the driver was on the Merritt Parkway and what exactly caused the accident.

The highway is closed northbound between Exits 27 and 28 as the scene is taken care of and the closure is expected to take hours. Police are urging people to avoid the area.

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