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Truck Hits Bridge, Spills Cement Powder on I-84 in Tolland During Rain

Cement powder on Interstate 84 in Tolland
Connecticut Department of Transportation

Part of Interstate 84 West in Tolland was closed for several hours after a truck hit a bridge, sending cement powder onto the road during passing showers, according to state police.

The Tolland Fire Department said they were dispatched to the area of the Old Cathole Road overpass at approximately 11:30 a.m.

When crews arrived, they found out that a flat bed tractor-trailer was traveling westbound when one of its front tires blew out, causing the driver to lose control. The trailer, which carried several tons of gypsum, also known as cement powder, hit the bridge abutment and spilled most of its contents on both sides of the highway, fire officials said.

Officials said the rain complicated matters because it made the gypsum quickly turn into a cement-like substance.

Officials from the Department of Transportation, Department of Motor Vehicles, and Department of Energy and Environmental Protection all responded to the scene. They were there for over three hours rinsing the cement-like substance off of the highway, firefighters said.

Police said both right lanes of I-84 West were closed at exits 68 and 69 for several hours but have since reopened.

The bridge was not damaged and no one was injured during the accident.

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