Fiery Crash Closes I-84

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    Kristina Wieckowski

    A crash involving two tractor-trailers shut down I-84 eastbound in Willington Friday afternoon and kept the highway closed until 2 a.m. on Saturday.

    The accident happened around 3:30 p.m. near Exit 70 on the eastbound side of the highway.  The drivers involved in the crash have been identified as Timothy Dobson, 57, of Minnesota, and Walter Palasiewski, 57, of Northford, Connecticut.

    According to State Police, the two trucks were traveling in the right lane when the truck being driven by Palasiewski rear ended the other truck. Palasiewski's truck caught fire and sustained total damage.

    The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection also responded to the scene because Palasiewski's truck was carrying containers of olive oil which leaked into the nearby Roaring Brook, DEEP officials said.

    Palasiewski's truck was registered to Cottrell Truck Lines, Inc and Dobson's truck was owned by Transport 21 Inc.

    Dobson was taken to Hartford Hospital via Lifestar helicopter and Palasiewski was taken to Rockville General Hospital by ambulance. Their conditions are unknown at this time.