OLD SAYBROOK - A vehicle that overturned on I-95, sheared off a section of fencing on the Baldwin Bridge over the Connecticut River Thursday morning.
After rolling over, the vehicle traveled several feet tearing off part of the metal fence. A container on top of the vehicle was pulled off and fell into the river.
The bridge is 81 feet over the Connecticut River.
Two people were taken to the hospital and traffic was jammed for hours on I-95 and southbound Route 9.
At one point I-95 northbound traffic was congested seven miles.
At 7:08 a.m., the Old Saybrook and Old Lyme fire departments were dispatched to the Baldwin Bridge for the serious motor vehicle accident.
Two people were transported to the hospital by Old Lyme and Old Saybrook ambulances assisted by paramedics from Middlesex Health.
The Old Saybrook police boat later removed the container from the river.
The accident closed the right and center lanes.
Route 9, which connects with I-95, had southbound traffic jamed for hours.
Traffic speeds were just 5 mph.
Crews were called in to make repairs to the bridge’s fence.
The Raymond E. Baldwin Bridge was widened and rebuilt in 1993.
Baldwin was governor of Connecticut from 1939-41 and from 1943-46.