Hundreds of live fish were let off the hook at approximately 6:17 p.m. when the truck transporting them lost control and overturned past exit 17 southbound on Interstate 95. Traffic was backed up for miles.
Westport police and fire units, plus additional units from as far away as Darien, were there in full force moments after the accident. The truck was carrying 2,500 pounds of live fish. Flopping fish were strewn for more than a hundred feet, from where truck rested on the the far right lane all the way to the grassy area bordering the shoulder. All the fish were declared a loss by the Department of Consumer Protection.
A container of liquid oxygen and ten gallons of fuel leaked from the scene of the accident. Firefighters worked to mitigate the spill.
The driver appeared to be uninjured as fish were scooped back into large containers.