I-95 collapse in PA similar to I-95 overpass collapse in Bridgeport in 2004

A fiery tanker truck crash on March 25, 2004 caused steel beams on an I-95 overpass in Bridgeport to melt and cave in, forcing a 1-mile stretch to close.

News 12 Staff

Jun 12, 2023, 9:43 PM

Updated 342 days ago

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A section of Interstate-95 collapsed in Pennsylvania Sunday after a tanker truck caught fire under the highway and officials are saying it could take months before the it is able to take on motorists.
Southern Connecticut experienced something similar nearly 20 years ago. A fiery tanker truck crash on March 25, 2004 caused steel beams on an I-95 overpass in Bridgeport to melt and cave in, forcing a 1-mile stretch to close.
The state received emergency federal aid to fix that section of the highway. They bought a prefabricated temporary bridge from New Jersey and planned to build a temporary highway.
The priority was alleviating the headache of traffic, urging motorists to avoid the area and seek alternative routes, which is what is happening in Philadelphia currently.
"I plan to issue a disaster declaration, allowing the Commonwealth to immediately draw down federal funds and move quickly to repair and reconstruct this roadway," said Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro.
Pennsylvania officials say this situation could last months.


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