DERBY, Conn. -- Updated, 4:30 p.m.: All lanes have reopened after what state police are now saying was a fatal crash in the area of exit 16 on Route 8 southbound in Derby.
A serious accident involving life-threatening injuries closed down part of Route 8 in Derby Saturday afternoon.
State police said that at around noon Route 8 southbound was closed at exit 16 due to an accident with life-threatening injuries. The accident required extrication, and the Life Star critical care helicopter service had been requested to the scene.
At around 3:30 p.m. the right lane of Route 8 southbound was re-opened at exit 16 while investigation into the accident continues.
According to the Department of Transportation, the Route 8 northbound exit 16 off ramp and the exit 16 on ramp were closed as of 4 p.m. because of the accident, which involved a tractor trailer.
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