[UPDATED] Highway Open Again After Morning Accident Closes I-95 North at Exit 76

The afternoon commute should be better than this morning, when traffic was being detoured onto I-395 to Route 85 and then back onto I-95.

Interstate 95 Northbound is open again just in time for the afternoon commute. The highway was closed between Exits 76 and 81 in Waterford Wednesday morning after an early-morning motor vehicle accident involving a car and a tractor-trailer.

According to the state Department of Transportation, a tractor-trailer collided with a car near the I-395 Interchange. Police were directing traffic onto I-395 North to Exit 77 in Waterford, then onto Route 85 and back onto I-95 North at Exit 82.

View a video feed of the interchange here.

The DOT expected the highway to be closed for several more hours as the accident was cleared. DOT crews were still on the scene at 3:30 p.m. but all lanes were open to traffic.

State Police at Troop E have no news on the status of anyone involved in the accident. Initial reports were that the tractor trailer driver, Sherman Adams, 51, of Edison, N.J., was pinned inside his vehicle and had to be extricated and rushed to Lawrence & Memorial Hospital to be treated for a head injury. He was later transferred to Yale New Haven Hospital. 

The car involved was driven by Patricia Stebbins, 51, of Westerly, RI, who was taken to L&M Hospital. The Westerly Sun reports she was in fair condition this afternoon. Stebbins' passenger, Darla Holly, 34, also of Westerly was transferred from L&M to Rhode Island Hospital in critical condition. 

Ralph Thayer October 24, 2012 at 03:24 PM
A prayer for the injured. Another news said Lifestar had been called for, but had been unable to respond due to bad weather. That would indicate serious injuries. Very serious. My first "fatal" after joining the local volunteer fire company back in 1971 was at this same location. Since then have been many others, the latest (?) a couple years back after which a lower speed limit, flashing yellow lights, and almost continuous obvious Trooper presence was set up. The presence stood down after a month or so. I imagine the limit and lights are still there, and are once again ignored by just about everybody. Something else I remember about '71. Route 11 - which when completed would junction at a redesigned I-95/I-395 - ended in Salem. Forty-one years later, it still does.
fedspy October 25, 2012 at 02:31 PM
nothing new here, same old same old, driving too fast in that area is a serious problem. speed, and another tractor trailer accident, nothing new here. i dont know how you slow them down, maybe tractor trailers stay in the right lane, and go no faster than 55 mph in that stretch of the highway. more enforcement by troopers in that area ? how about adding more troopers as i believe the governor has cut the numbers of troopers required under budget cuts. saves pennies and spends dollars, thats ct.
Dana Gouette October 25, 2012 at 03:06 PM
This has to be one of the most dangerous sections of Rt95..people just do not follow the posted speed limit (50mph)...if they would at least slow to 60mph this would be a much safer section of road...but I am constantly passed by cars cruising along at 70+ and trucks not far behind...people just don't get it!!!! Same with going over the Gold Star Bridge...limit is 55mph there, 60 is safe and it always seems that someone comes flying past clipping along at a much higher rate of speed....with the occasional idiot that has to be nearing 85-90...and of course the idiots who suddenly cut in front of you because they want to get in the right lane to head towards Rt32..and what really peeves me are some of the speeding fools that work at a local car dealer(of which I won't name) who race across the bridge then shoot over to get on the frontage road exit....I know your dealer plate numbers...I sure won't buy a car from these people knowing how they treat their vehicles!!!
Jenn November 05, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Hello Steve how about this Darla was my friend her injuries were incapiciating with life she sustained a broken neck in this accident. In her return from NY city as a consult to see if she was able to have surgery for her cancer which was a NO go back and live out your days with your family. Also I am an EMT so i have seen it all. So no matter speed, being tired, lack of law enforcement, whatever the public may speculate. I am without a friend, her children are without their Mother. So to you this may just be another causality but to us a part of all of us died that day. So how about a solution just like the Thurbers Avenue curb in Providence RI. We all know this is a problem but it was not your loved one. Think before you speak.
fedspy November 06, 2012 at 03:45 AM
i am not sure what you are talking about, it is up to the state or our state representatives to ensure the safety of the traveling public. there obviously is nothing being done to regulate this traffic on that stretch of the highway. i was offering a possible solution to the problem , maybe even camera's to catch the speeders, but for one thing, the governor has cut the number of state troopers who enforce the state highways. i dont know how you think i was being critical of someone's injury in accidents on that highway. please reevaluate your comments before you speak. you completely missed my point.


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