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Oil Industry Shuts Down Interstate 95 In Connecticut

A burned-out highway overpass spans an empty highway covered in firefighting foam

The aftermath of a gasoline tanker fire on Interstate 95 on Thursday May 2, 2024. Courtesy of the office of Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont.

The driver of an gasoline tanker truck severed the busiest interstate highway in New England yesterday by turning their cargo into a firebomb that melted an overpass in Norwalk, Connecticut.

“The heat from the burning fuel compromised some of the bridge, so that bridge is going to have to come down and that demolition is going to start first thing tomorrow morning,” Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont said at a press briefing Thursday in Hartford.

Officials are reporting no serious injuries as a result of the crash.

According to Connecticut Department of Transportation, this segment of Interstate 95 would typically carry over 120,000 vehicles on an average day.

Connecticut highway officials say they hope reopen the interstate by Monday morning.

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