Northbound I-95 Section Collapses in Philadelphia Following Tanker Truck Fire

Northbound I-95 Section Collapses in Philadelphia Following Tanker Truck Fire

Northbound I-95 Section Collapses in Philadelphia Following Tanker Truck Fire

Northbound I-95 Section Collapses in Philadelphia Following Tanker Truck Fire

On Sunday morning, Philadelphia officials revealed that a segment of northbound I-95 had collapsed following a fire that erupted beneath the highway involving a tanker truck. The Philadelphia Fire Department's Battalion Chief, Derek Bowmer, confirmed the incident during a news conference, stating that the southbound side of the highway is also compromised due to the intense fire.

Firefighters are currently engaged in battling the blaze, which caused explosions in the vicinity of the highway collapse. Bowmer suggested that these explosions may have been triggered by fuel or gas lines compromised during the accident, as fire emerged from the manholes surrounding the area.

Photographs and videos captured at the scene depict massive plumes of smoke billowing from the interstate. According to Sarah Peterson, Communications Director for the mayor's office, a large tanker truck fire was the cause of the collapse. The affected area of the highway has been closed in both directions, and the fire is now under control.

Dominick Mireles, Director of Philadelphia's Office of Emergency Management, acknowledged that the collapse and subsequent fire would require a significant amount of time and effort to address. He remarked that the closure of northbound I-95, and the questionable condition of the southbound side, will have a lasting impact on the community.

Tumar Alexander, Managing Director for the City of Philadelphia, echoed these sentiments during the news conference, emphasizing the prolonged effects of the incident on I-95. Investigations into the fire are being conducted by the fire marshal and other relevant authorities.

The Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management issued a tweet cautioning commuters to steer clear of the affected zone and consider alternative routes. While the exact wording of the tweet is unavailable, its purpose was to convey a similar message of avoiding the impacted area. Mayor Jim Kenney expressed gratitude to the first responders for their heroic efforts to ensure the safety of residents and visitors. Governor Josh Shapiro has been briefed on the collapse and confirmed that state police, emergency management agencies, and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation are coordinating their response.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg offered assistance from the US Department of Transportation to aid in the recovery and reconstruction efforts. While no injuries have been reported thus far, authorities continue to investigate the incident.

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