Avon Police: Route 44 Reopened After Tractor-Trailer Rollover

A tractor-trailer flipped onto its side on Avon Mountain Road, or Route 44, Tuesday morning, forcing the closure of the westbound lanes for close to eight hours, police said.

The lanes were reopened in time for the evening commute, Lt. Kelly Walsh said Tuesday afternoon.

The crash happened in the area of Pine Tree Lane and Wright Drive, police said. Although it happened in the westbound lanes, the crash slowed the commute for eastbound drivers heading to Hartford. Only one eastbound lane was open at 7:15 a.m.

The driver of the truck was taken to an area hospital to be treated for minor injuries, Walsh said. Truck inspectors from the state Department of Motor Vehicles were on the scene helping with the investigation.

The tractor-trailer had been carrying produce and bags of flour, Walsh said. The state Department of Consumer Protection sent an inspector to check the products.

The rig toppled a little more than a mile from the intersection with Route 10, where a westbound dump truck carrying debris lost its brakes and crashed on July 29, 2005. Four people were killed and more than 20 were injured in that crash; a man who was partially paralyzed in the crash died in 2008.

Tuesday’s crash happened about a quarter of a mile from a ramp for runaway vehicles that was built in the wake of the deadly crash, Chief Mark Rinaldo said.

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Walsh said no enforcement action had been taken as of early Tuesday afternoon.

Courant staff writer Dave Altimari contributed to this report.

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