Tractor-trailer driver hurt in rollover crash on I-91 in Meriden, police say

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MERIDEN — A driver was sent to the hospital after his tractor-trailer rolled over in a crash on Interstate 91 Wednesday morning, according to state police. 

The crash, which was reported around 3 a.m., caused delays amid the Thanksgiving rush until it was cleared around 7:40 a.m., the state Department of Transportation said on Twitter. 

The driver suffered possible injuries from the incident and was taken to Yale New Haven Hospital. 

The driver, a 34-year-old Windsor Locks man, was driving in the right lane when he veered into the right shoulder onto the rumble stripes, state police said. He attempted to correct his actions, but lost control of the vehicle and the tractor-trailer went across the lanes and into the median where it rolled over, according to a report from Connecticut State Police. The vehicle then traveled across the median and into part of the left lane on the southbound side. 

Connecticut State Police said the crash was reported before Exit 16 in Meriden around 3 a.m. The agency's media relations office said firefighters and medics were also dispatched to the scene along with troopers from Troop I in Bethany.

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection also responded due to a fuel spill.

Police found the driver at fault for the crash and issued him an infraction for failing to maintain the lane. 

The crash comes as travelers are on the move for the Thanksgiving holiday. State police said this week they're supplementing their normal patrols with additional troopers to help with traffic enforcement.