State Police are investigating the cause of the tractor-trailer crash that involved a car early Wednesday morning along the East Lyme/Waterford town line.
Three people suffered serious injuries in a crash on Interstate 95 North on Wednesday morning and the highway was closed at the East Lyme/Waterford line, between exits 76 and 81.
The left lane was reopened around 12:15 p.m.
A car and a tractor-trailer carrying aerosol cans collided just north of the Interstate 395 split around 1 a.m., according to the state Department of Transportation.
The truck driver, identified as Sherman Adams, 51, of Edison New Jersey, is in critical condition at Yale-New Haven Hospital, according to police. Adams was driving a New England Motor Freight truck out of Elizabeth, New Jersey at the time of the crash, according to police.
The other driver, Patricia Stebbins, 51, of Westerly, Rhode Island, received non-incapacitating injuries, according to police. Her passenger, Darla Holly, 34, of Westerly, suffered incapacitating injuries.
The truck was on its side in the woods and emergency crews had to ventilate the trailer to dissipate flammable gas.
Police said the highway will be closed for an extended period of time because of the complexity of the scene.
What caused the crash is not yet known.
As an alternate at exit 76, use I-395 North to exit 77 in Waterford, take a right off the exit onto Route 85 south, continue on Route 85 south back to I-95 and get back on the highway at the exit 82 on ramp.