Congestion is beginning to ease on Interstate 91 North in Wallingford after a truck fire early Tuesday morning.
The highway was closed between exits 14 and 15 just after 12:30 a.m. because of a tractor-trailer fire, according to an alert from the state Department of Transportation, and drivers caught in the traffic early this morning started turning off their engines to conserve gasoline.
One driver who attempted to avoid the backup by crossing the median ended up stuck in a ditch.
No injuries are reported in the fire and no fuel spilled, but crews from the state Department of Emergency and Environmental Protection responded.
As of 7 a.m., three lanes were moving by the charred truck and delays were easing.