The driver of a box truck partially filled with bean sprouts was injured after the truck crashed, rolled onto its side and slid along the Jersey barrier of the northbound Connecticut Turnpike between exits 2 and 3 Thursday morning.
"It slid on its side going down the Jersey barrier for a considerable distance. The box was on the guardrails and the cab on the ground," said Greenwich Deputy Fire Chief Keith Millette. The box portion of the truck was almost completely ripped off the cab, Millette said.
Engine crews from Greenwich had to extricate the driver. "We got the guy out in about eight to 10 minutes," Millette said. The unidentified driver suffered serious injuries and was taken to Stamford Hospital.
The crash, which occurred just before 10 a.m., forced closure of two northbound lanes for nearly 2 hours, backing up traffic into New York State. There were southbound delays as well, backed up for more than five miles, into Stamford. Emergency crews remained on the scene until the wreckage was removed just before noon.