CHESHIRE -- A stalled Walmart tractor-trailer held up Route 8 traffic for more than an hour Wednesday.

A broken drive shaft rendered the vehicle undrivable near the red light at Church Street at 4:46 p.m.

Occurring at an inopportune time, the obstruction caused a traffic crunch that stretched more than a mile to the former location of the Country Charm restaurant.

Massachusetts State Police helped direct traffic at the light until the vehicle was towed to the state police barracks farther along Route 8, where it remained Wednesday night.