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Fuel Tanker Crashes into Tractor-Trailer, Bursts into Flames, Shuts Down I-95 in Connecticut

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A tanker truck carrying around 8,500 gallons of gasoline slammed into a tractor-trailer and burst into flames on Interstate 95 in Connecticut early Thursday morning, shutting down both sides of the highway.

The tanker crashed into the truck and a passenger vehicle near Exit 15 and the Fairfield Avenue overpass, the Hartford Courant reported.

The crash occurred around 5:00 a.m., with local fire crews as well as teams from the state Department of Transportation (DOT), the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), and energy company Eversource responding to the scene.

Connecticut State Police did not report any serous injuries.

According to DEEP, the tanker truck lost about half of the gasoline in the fire. The vehicle was unable to be moved until the remaining fuel was drained from the tanker, authorities said later in the afternoon.

No runoff made it into the nearby Norwalk River, officials said.

DEEP also announced that the air quality was safe.

“Everyone should continue avoiding the area,” said Gov. Ned Lamont (D) on X. “Both the northbound and southbound lanes near Exit 15 will remain closed for an extended period.”

He also announced a news briefing to be held in the evening. 

DOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg also acknowledged the incident on X, saying that his agency’s highway team is “working closely with Connecticut’s DOT on the tanker fire that has closed I-95 in Norwalk.”

“Please heed local authorities on detours and avoid the area if possible. Thank you to the first responders who are dealing with the fire and keeping other drivers safe,” Buttigieg added.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) also spoke of the inferno at an appropriations subcommittee meeting later that day, saying I-95 might be closed “for days depending on how fast we’re able to make that bridge structurally sound and understand the extent of the fuel leakage.”

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