Multi-vehicle accident jams Route 8 in the Valley
A multi-car accident on southbound Route 8 is causing big traffic problems in the Valley.
The accident, reported near the Commodore Issac Hull Bridge in Derby and Shelton, involved three vehicles.
The left lane is closed between Exit 14 and 15.
Southbound traffic is backed up nearly 5 miles to Exit 22 in Seymour.
No word yet on whether there are serious injuries.
On the Merritt Parkway, a one-vehicle accident has closed the right lane between Exits 44 in Fairfield and 42 in Westport.
The state Department of Transportation says the average speed on the Merritt from Route 8 in Trumbull and Route 7 in Norwalk is 24 mph. It’s taking hearly 45 minutes to travel that 17-mile distance.