I-91 exit in Enfield still closed, days after spill


An I-91 south off ramp is still closed after a gasoline tanker rollover Monday.

Connecticut State Police said on Twitter Wednesday that Exit 49 will remain closed at least through Thursday’s commute as cleanup of the “extensive leak” continues.

The tanker rollover dumped thousands of gallons of gasoline off of Exit 49 in Enfield Monday, and caused several families in the residential neighborhood just behind the spill to have to evacuate.

Those families have since returned to their homes according to North Thompsonville Fire Chief Earl Provencher, but the families use of well water is currently being monitored to make sure it doesn’t get contaminated as oil moves through the soil.

Drivers in the area said the continued closure of the exit has added time to their commute.

“Coming back up it’s been inconvenient, because I’ve had to go past the exit down to 48 to turn around just to come back to my place,” said Michelle Cadieux of Longmeadow. “Honestly very surprised at how long it’s been closed for.”

Crews have been working to remove loads and loads of soil from the area where the oil spilled.

According to Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the person or business that cause a spill that poses a threat to the environment is responsible for the cost of the cleanup.

The Exit 49 on and off ramp will be closed Wednesday night and through Thursday morning’s commute.

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