Homes evacuated after tractor-trailer carrying corrosive material crashes in Tolland

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VERNON — A tractor-trailer carrying a corrosive material went off the road and caused the closing of I-84 eastbound Sunday evening at the Tolland/Vernon line.

The accident happened near Exit 68 around 7 p.m. DOT said the truck went down and embankment.

DOT personnel told FOX 61 at the scene that the truck was carrying two separate gasses that if combined, would be very dangerous. Five homes on Metcalf Road near the highway are being evacuated. There were no injuries according to police.

State police said the highway was shutdown between Exit 68 and 67.

According to the DEEP, the truck slipped off the highway about a mile west of the exit for Rt. 195.

DEEP is conducting tests of the snowy ground surface as well as air monitoring to determine if any of the chemicals or liquids in the truck were released from their containers during the crash. An environmental contractor is being brought in to assist in the overall effort.The tractor trailer is owned by CIMA Transportation.