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Fuel Truck Crash Destroys I-95 Overpass in Connecticut

A fuel truck crashed and took off on May 2, damaging an I-95 overpass in Norwalk, Conn.

Picture courtesy Norwalk, Conn. Cops Dept.

A fuel truck crash and surge on Interstate-95 in Norwalk, Conn., damaged an overpass bridge early in the early morning of May 2. No deaths happened in the event, which snarled traffic throughout the day. The afflicted area of the highway will likely stay closed up until May 6 as teams take apart the overpass’s charred remains, according to Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont.

“Despite the significant scene, luckily everybody included is safe,” Lamont published on X, the site previously called Twitter.

A firemen was required to Norwalk Hospital with a leg injury, according to authorities, following a crash strangely comparable to a mishap that eliminated a truck chauffeur and collapsed an overpass on I-95 near Philadelphia nearly a year back.

The “chain-reaction crash” at 5:30 a.m. on May 2 occurred after a vehicle swerved in front of a tractor-trailer as a tanker bring 8,500 gallons of petroleum taking a trip on I-95 approached the Fairfield Avenue overpass, according to regional authorities.

Snuffed out in roughly an hour, the fire substantially harmed gas, phone and cable television energy lines running beneath the overpass, according to media reports.

“We had every engine in the city here,” Norwalk Fire Dept. Deputy Chief Stephen Shay informed press reporters. “As quickly as they came we got foam streaming. The fire headed out rapidly. It simply took a while to get foam on the fire.”

A dangerous products examination is underway.

Teams will start taking apart the overpass bridge as quickly as possible in hopes of resuming this area of I-95, which usually brings 160,000 automobiles each day, according to the guv’s workplace.

The bridge is less than 10 years old, an authorities from the Connecticut Dept. of Transportation stated at a press conference.

“It fired up straight below the bridge structure,” the authorities stated. “The seal did start to get too hot and warp. It’s not able to be securely resumed in either instructions below that bridge.”

Justin Rice is Editor for ENR MidAtlantic and ENR New England

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