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Driver, 77, cited in crash that closed I-95 for several hours

April 16, 2019

A 77-year-old driver was issued a ticket in an accident that closed northbound I-95 lanes for several hours Monday morrning.

The crash -involving a tractor-trailer truck carrying Pine-Sol cleaner, and a Toyota Camry - happened at 4:03 a.m..

After the crash, there were near gridlock conditions on northbound I-95 from the New York border to Stamford.

Some drivers reported it took them more than two hours to travel between Greenwich and Stamford.

Alternative routes like the Merritt Parkway and the Boston Post Road were also clogged with traffic.

At least two lanes were closed for six hours, according to state police.

Traffic speeds were in the single numbers near the crash scene with vehicles having to squeeze by on a single open lane.

At 9:50 a.m., the state Department of Transportation said it was taking about 193 minutes to travel 16 miles from the New York border to Route 7 in Norwalk.

According to the accident report, the crash happened near northbound Exit 7 in Stamford.

The tractor-trailer, driven by Inmar Torres, 47, of Cranston, R.I., was traveling in the right lane.

The Camry, drive, by Alex Shakiroff, 77, of West Hartford, was traveling in the center lane.

The report said Shakiroff “made an unsafe lane change” and struck the tractor-trailer truck.

“The force of impact caused the truck to lose control, cross the center and left lanes, strike the concrete jersey barrier and roll over onto its side,” the report said.

Both Torres and Shakiroff were transported to Stamford Hospital for suspected minor injuries.

It took several hours to remove the truck and the Camry that had heavy damage.

The crash also required the cleanup of fluids that leaked during the crash.

Ted Jankowski, director of public safety, health and welfare for Stamford.

Jankowski said the Stamford Fire Department and rescue unit responded to the scene, as did Stamford’s hazardous materials, or HAZMAT, unit.

“Traffic was horrendous everywhere,” said Jankowski.

There were residual northbound lanes past 11 a.m.

About 150 feet of concrete Jersey barriers were also damaged from the crash.

State police said Shakiroff “was found at fault and was issued a infraction for failure to maintain a proper lane.”

Includes prior reporting by Ignacio Laguarda.