Two people were sent to the hospital when four vehicles collided and a tractor-trailer overturned on Interstate 84 in Tolland on Tuesday morning, closing the road and causing traffic backups for hours.
Then, four and a half hours later, another tractor-trailer and a car collided in the same spot, police said.
Crews from the Tolland Fire Department, State Police, state DEP, state DOT and several private contractors spent more than seven hours working at the scene in the driving rain.
The first crash happened just after 7 a.m. in the westbound lane between exits 68 and 67.
Two cars were seriously damaged and the drivers were transported to Rockville General Hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries. A pickup was also involved in the crash.
The tractor-trailer, carrying a load of recyclable plastic products, rolled on its side into a gully on the north side of the highway. The driver was not hurt.
Crews drained the tractor-trailer’s fuel tanks before attempting to turn it upright and get it out of the mud.
The second crash happened around 11:30 a.m. No one was injured in the second mishap.