I-95 in Norwalk, Connecticut closed after fiery truck crash. Expect delays for “an extended period.”

I-95 in Norwalk, Connecticut closed after fiery truck crash. Expect delays for “an extended period.”
I-95 in Norwalk, Connecticut closed after fiery truck crash. Expect delays for “an extended period.”

NORWALK, Conn. — Interstate 95 is closed in Norwalk, Connecticut following a fiery crash during the morning commute Thursday.

Firefighters and hazmat crews are on the scene between Exits 15 and 16 south, where a tractor-trailer crash and fuel spill occurred at around 5:30 am

“Emergency Services are working to extinguish a petroleum truck on fire on I95, underneath the Fairfield Ave overpass in Norwalk. I95 is closed in the area,” the Norwalk Police Department https://twitter.com/NorwalkCtPD/status/1785986455677935960. “This will impact local roads throughout Norwalk for an extended period of time and will create heavy traffic delays.”

All lanes of the highway are closed in both directions. Northbound lane closures start at Exit 13 in Darien, according to the Connecticut Department of Transportation.

Drivers should expect heavy delays on the Merritt Parkway, too, while crews work on the 95 crash.

Drivers from Bridgeport to Port Chester, New York received text alerts to avoid I-95 and trucking companies were told to use I-87 and I-84 instead, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said during a briefing on the crash.

“It involved a tractor-trailer truck, it involved a fuel truck, it involved a passenger automobile. Thank God no serious injuries, but it has resulted in the closing of I-95 North and South and that is incredible in terms of the traffic jams and what’s happening there,” said Lamont.

Lamont, on https://twitter.com/GovNedLamont/status/1786003588059181567said the area would be closed “for an extended period” as crews investigate the crash and monitor the structural integrity of the overpass.

Scott Hill, chief engineer for Connecticut’s DOT, later said the overpass is “stable and safe,” but it was damaged in the crash and is closed until it can be further assessed.

Stick with CBS New York for the latest updates on this developing story.

Renee Anderson

Renee Anderson is a Digital Producer at CBS New York, where she covers breaking news and other local stories. She previously worked at WMUR-TV.

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