Four people were taken to the hospital Tuesday morning after a crash involving a box truck, tractor-trailer, SUV and Department of Transportation truck on Interstate 95 southbound in Norwalk.
Officials with the Norwalk Fire Department said the box truck collided with the tractor-trailer around 11 a.m. just beyond exit 15, then tipped onto its side and spun into a small SUV. The box truck then struck a DOT maintenance truck.
Police identified the driver of the box truck as Jermelne Scott, 40, of Bronx, New York. According to police, Scott made an "unsafe lane change" while driving a truck registered to AJ Brothers Trucking Corp. out of New Jersey.
Scott and a passenger – Jason Baldwin, 18, of Bronx, New York – were taken to Norwalk Hospital for treatment of possible injuries, according to police.
The driver of the SUV, identified as Ronald Antonio Mata, 41, of Bridgeport, and the driver of the DOT truck, John W. Chuma, 48, of Bridgeport, were also hospitalized with minor injuries, police said.
Firefighters said a safety barrier set up around the work zone helped protect other DOT workers against injury.
The highway was shut down until 1:30 p.m. while crews worked to clean up diesel fuel and engine oils that had spread across three lanes of travel, the fire department said.
DOT trucks swept and sanded the highway, while the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection helped dispose of the material, according to fire officials.
The Norwalk Fire Department is reminding drivers to slow down and be careful when traveling through work zones.