BRATTLEBORO - Traffic on southbound Interstate 91 came to a standstill at about 4:30 p.m. on Monday after a truck broke down in the construction zone between Exit 2 and Exit 3.
Traffic along Putney Road was brought to a crawl as a result, as vehicles were being diverted off of the highway, all of this during what passes for rush hour in Brattleboro.
The Reformer received the first notification of the problem just after the vehicle broke down. According to state police, it appeared there was a problem with the vehicle's diesel fuel system, perhaps related to the cold temperatures.
The truck was cleared from the highway about 90 minutes later, but traffic was affected in both north and south lanes of Putney Road and on its feeder routes, including Route 9 west and Route 9 east in New Hampshire.