OLD LYME — A pair of crashes, including one that resulted in at least one fatality, have closed I-95 in both directions in Old Lyme.
The highway is closed between Old Lyme and Old Saybrook as state police investigate and as crews clear the wreckage.
The first crash involving a tractor trailer occurred about 4:30 a.m. on southbound I-95 near the Whippoorwill Road overpass, according to police. The truck cab caught fire and was engulfed in flames when rescuers arrived.
The fatal crash occurred about 5:30 a.m. in the northbound lanes and involved two tractor trailers and five passenger vehicles. Initial reports are that northbound vehicles slowed in the area of the first crash and were struck by a tractor trailer that did not slow.
The driver of the truck involved in the crash on the southbound side of I-95 was identified Saturday morning as Arturo Paez, 62, of Stratford. He was driving for Cottrell Truck Lines of West Haven, state police said. Paez was taken by helicopter to Yale-New Haven Hospital for treatment.
Police said Paez’s truck drove off the highway into the right shoulder and struck the guardrail and then a concrete bridge support. Debris from the crash and the cargo from his truck was spread all over the highway, police said.
The state Department of Transportation said it did not know how long the highway would be closed. Traffic was backed up three miles on northbound I-95 and nine miles southbound, a DOT official said.