A section of northbound I-95 in Philadelphia collapsed after a tanker truck caught fire underneath the highway. The fire caused heavy damage and compromised the southbound side as well.
Firefighters are still working to extinguish the blaze. The explosions near the collapse were likely caused by fuel or gas lines that were affected by the accident. The incident will have a significant impact on the community for a long time, and the highway will be closed for an extended period.
The US Coast Guard is monitoring the water for potential pollution, as the tanker has the potential to spill 8,500 gallons of gasoline. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney expressed gratitude to the first responders and urged people to avoid the area. Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro has been briefed on the situation and state agencies are providing assistance.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg offered assistance from the US Department of Transportation for recovery and reconstruction. No injuries have been reported. Interstate 95 is a major highway that runs from Maine to Florida.