Major truck crash in Philadelphia shuts down section of I-95, potentially for months

Officials announced that a crucial East Coast route on the northeast side of the city will experience partial closure due to the collapse of an elevated section of the highway.

Via AP News

Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro announced on Sunday that a major incident involving a tanker fire has resulted in the closure of Interstate 95, the primary highway connecting New York City and Philadelphia. Due to the collapse of an elevated section of northbound lanes in northeast Philadelphia, which occurred around 6:20 a.m., the affected stretch of the interstate will be inaccessible for several months.

Tragically, the collapse trapped the tanker truck and its occupants beneath approximately 500 tons of debris, including concrete and steel. Governor Shapiro addressed these developments during a press conference.

He described the scene as an incredibly destructive sight.

Upon inspection, authorities discovered that the elevated southbound lanes were structurally compromised, leading to the decision to close the entire freeway.

Fortunately, there were no reported casualties or injuries. However, emergency personnel had not yet reached the tanker truck or any potential occupants, according to officials. Although the fire was still smoldering, it was otherwise contained.

On Monday, Shapiro announced that a declaration of disaster will be issued, enabling the state to promptly access federal funds and commence the process of reconstructing the roadway.

“We expect that to take a number of months,” he said.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

Officials urged Philadelphians to avoid the area and plan on alternate routes for Monday’s morning commute as they work out a plan for temporary detours and added public transportation options.

AP News / Philadelphia

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