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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Crash Closes Merritt Northbound for 7 Hours

UPDATE The Merritt Parkway northbound at the New York State-Connecticut border was shut down for seven hours today because of a tractor-trailer which slammed into the King Street Bridge and caught fire. The highway was reopened shortly after 6:30 p.m.

The Connecticut State Police had said earlier that all northbound lanes at exits 27 and 28 were closed due to the accident and advised motorists to take alternate routes..

The crash occurred just after 11 a.m. when the commercial truck carrying butter struck the King Street Bridge at the state line, WTNH-TV reported. The crash caused the tractor-trailer truck to catch on fire.

Westchester County Police said the Florida-based driver was using a cellphone GPS program for guidance.

Police said he should have been using a commercial GPS system, which informs truck drivers to avoid the Merritt Parkway.

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Posted 10/28/14 at 06:45 PM  Permalink



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