Tanker fire closes Interstate 95 in CT for 'extended period of time'

Tanker fire on I-95 in Connecticut
Norwalk Police Department

Interstate 95 in Norwalk, Connecticut is expected to be closed for what authorities said would be an "extended period of time" following a crash and fire today involving a tank truck, a second tractor-trailer and a passenger vehicle.

The crash took place at about 5:30 a.m. on southbound I-95 near Exit 15 In Norwalk. The three vehicles collided under the Fairfield Avenue overpass. The tanker was carrying 8,500 gallons of gasoline.

Only minor injuries were reported in the crash that caused major traffic backups during the morning rush hour and required detours.

Text alerts were sent to residents of Connecticut, New York and New Jersey and trucking companies were notified to find alternative route, said Gov. Ned Lamont.

Utility crews have been working to replace poles and repair downed power lines. 

Today's crash is reminiscent of one last June when a tanker truck crashed getting off I-95 in North Philadelphia. The driver died and the section of I-95 over a surface street collapsed and had to be replace.