Accidents close 7, Florida Road

A truck overturned on Route 7, snarling traffic Friday afternoon, Nov, 28. — John Voorhees photo

It took four and half hours to get two lanes of traffic flowing again on Route 7, after a truck accident Friday, Nov. 30.

One lane of Route 7 was reopened to traffic a little after 4:30 Friday evening, three and a half hours after the highway was shut down by a tractor trailer accident on near the Days Inn, and the second of traffic reopened just after 5:30..

The closure of Route 7, about 12:50, prompted a second accident on Florida Road, which was also closed. Shortly after 4 Ridgefield Police said One lane of traffic had been reopened on Florida Road.

“Route 7 is completely shut down,” the Ridgefield Police said.

There were reportedly injuries — one person with a head injury, and two who were being evaluated but declined transport to the hospital

The Ridgefield Fire Department called for ambulance help from Danbury — but then cancelled the request.

“Crews are working to clear the area,”‘ Ridgefield Police said. “Please find alternate routes.”

The initial accident on Route 7  was described by police as “a large commercial vehicle pulling or holding a piece of heavy equipment on its side.”

The tractor trailer apparently left the Route 7 roadway while traveling northbound, skidding into a ditch before tipping onto its side and blocking most of the roadway. Both the cab of the truck and the small excavator on its flatbed were heavily damaged by the crash.

Traffic was still being redirected after 2 p.m. as crews tried to pull the truck back upright to tow it away from the scene and reopen Route 7.

The closure of Florida Road — possibly as the result of annother truck trying circumvent the accident — eliminated the easiest route around the bottleneck.

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