Tanker truck catches fire, closing I-95 in Connecticut

For the second time in a year, a tanker fire has closed large portions of I-95.

Accordingly the Norwalk Police Department, a tanker truck caught fire around 5:30 a.m. on I-95 near the Fairfield Ave overpass. Photos on social media show the tanker bursting into flames under an overpass and black smoke billowing over the local road around I-95. I-95 remains closed in both directions in the area pending a full cleanup and police investigation.

“Both directions of the highway remain closed as police investigations and structural assessments of the road and bridge continue,” Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said in a statement to X.

According to Connecticut State Police, the first accident involved two commercial vehicles and a passenger vehicle. However, no serious injuries were reported as representatives from the state Department of Transportation and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection were on scene. Federal investigators are also on site.

“Our highway team is working closely with the Connecticut Department of Transportation on the tanker fire that closed I-95 in Norwalk,” the transportation secretary said Pete Buttigieg on X.

Immediately afterwards, Scott Hill, office manager for engineering and construction at the Connecticut DOT, told the Hartford Courant that further evaluation of the I-95 overpass will be required before traffic can flow. Given the high heat and gasoline, some of the steel supporting the overpass may have deformed, Hill said, but stressed that the bridge remains strong.

“The bridge is damaged, so I want to make sure everyone knows that,” Hill said Hartford Courant. “But it is not a collapse issue and the area is safe.”

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