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I-84 is closed in both directions around the Rochambeau Bridge.  A tractor-trailer overturned on the highway between Newtown and Southbury shortly before 7:30 this morning. 

The truck was carrying wood, which spilled all over the highway.  State Police say the driver wasn't hurt.  Danbury resident Carlos Ruiz, who also drives a truck, witnessed the accident.  He and Brayan Grullon jumped on the cab of the vehicle to help pull the driver to safety before the truck caught fire.  After calling 911, he recorded video from the scene.  

(Video Courtesy: Carlos Ruiz *caution language*)

There's a significant diesel spill which will require extensive clean up efforts.  Ruiz says they saw fluid spilling like a waterfall and jumped to action.  A woman at the accident site witnessed the Good Samaritans in action and said they acted heroically to get the driver to safety.

Sandy Hook firefighters along with the assistance of Newtown Hook & Ladder extinguished the blaze. Southbury Fire was also called to the scene.

(Photo: Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue)

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