UPDATE: One lane of Route 25 is open
5:50 p.m. —Monroe police report Route 25 is fully open.
12:50 Wednesday — Monroe Police are reporting that they have opened one lane of Route 25 and are alternating traffic to relieve congestion on the town’s secondary roads. The alternating traffic will continue for at least the next few hours while workers at the scene transfer heating fuel from the tractor trailer involved in the crash to a new tanker.
Original story: Route 25 is closed this morning at Northbrook Drive in Monroe as state and local crews clean up a fuel spill from a head-on collision between a tractor trailer carrying heating fuel and a Chevrolet Malibu this morning.
According to police, at 7:40 a.m. the Malibu crossed the center line and collided with the truck. The driver and passenger were trapped in the car and required extrication from emergency responders. They were taken to a local hospital with what police called serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
The crash ruptured one of the truck’s fuel tanks, spilling diesel fuel onto the road. The trailer tanks remained intact and no heating fuel spilled.
Around 9:15 a.m., Monroe First Selectman Steve Vavrek posted on the Trumbull Facebook group "Keep Trumbull Real" that drivers should avoid Route 25 until further notice, since the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection will have to clean up spilled fuel.
"Due a major accident including a gasoline/oil leak on Rte 25 around the area of Hillcrest and Northbrook Condo's, that area will be closed to ALL traffic until State DEEP arrives to remedy the situation," Vavrek wrote. "At this time there is no time frame given to reopen that portion of the road. Please be patient. Thank you."