Update at 8:30 a.m.
This morning around 7 a.m., Deputy Chief Ron Mullen stated a 70-year-old East Haven man who may have had a pre-existing medical condition rear-ended a large food tanker as he was traveling north on I-95 just beyond the Lake Saltonstall Bridge.
The man was operating a Jeep Cherokee, stated Mullen, and he hit the rear of the tanker causing his vehicle to roll. It eventually came to a stop after colliding with the cement barrier.
was first on scene and reported to Mullen that the man crawled from the SUV on his own but was disoriented and "wasn't sure where he was."
Witnesses stopped at the scene and told fire crews that the driver was operating the vehicle erratically and speeding up and slowing down prior to the accident occurring. Mullen said paramedics believe he may have been suffering from a stroke or a diabetic issue.
The victim was transported to an area hospital – the extent of his injuries are unknown, however, he appeared to be physically unharmed.
"The Jeep Cherokee, held up very well," stated Mullen. "That’s one of the things that was a saver. The structure of the vehicle took the impact quite well."
Update at 7:40 a.m.
has just cleared the scene of this morning's accident and all lanes are cleared along I-95 north in Branford, according to the state DOT's Twitter feed.
The was also called to the scene of the accident, which occured at about 6:45 a.m. this morning, according to an EHFD alert.
Around 7 a.m. today reports of an SUV overturned on I-95 north between exits 52 and 53 were reported.
A passer-by said an oil tanker was also stopped at the scene. The left lane of the highway is closed at this time.
Police and fire crews are on scene. There is no word yet if anyone was injured. Stay with Patch for updates.