Live cam shows demo on bridge 1-95 after crash in Norwalk, CT

The first half of an I-95 overpass in Norwalk, Conn., damaged when a tanker truck crashed and caught fire underneath, was demolished Saturday morning during ongoing demolition work.

A live camera feed from the site showed a flurry of activity, with construction crews working in bright yellow and orange wading through the mangled remains of the Fairfield Avenue bridge. On the other side, an excavator was seen tearing and hammering at what was left of the structure, while other vehicles helped remove the rubble.

Workers also relied on huge shears brought in from Long Island to cut the support steel into smaller pieces, NBC Connecticut reported.

The bridge is is being demolished due to the damage it sustained early Thursday morning after a three-vehicle crash.

According to Connecticut State Police, a tanker truck carrying 8,500 gallons of gasoline was traveling on the southbound side of I-95 in Norwalk around 5:30 a.m. when it was struck by a car coming from the right lane. The car then struck a tractor-trailer in another lane, creating a towering inferno that ultimately compromised the Fairfield Avenue overpass.

No one was killed in the crash.

Although the bridge was less than a decade old, the “damage was quite severe due to the amount of gasoline that was in the tanker,” said Garrett Eucalitto, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Transportation. “The steel started to overheat and warp.”

Eucalitto added that it is unsafe for traffic in either direction to pass under the bridge, so the entire bridge, which has beams crossing both spans of the highway, must be removed. As a result, the east coast’s main north-south highway has been closed since Thursday, snarling traffic and leaving motorists frustrated.

This image from Norwalk police shows the scene of a tanker fire on I-95 in Norwalk, Conn., Thursday, May 2, 2024. Both sides of I-95, the East Coast's main north-south highway, were closed after crashes the early morning accident involving a passenger car, a tractor-trailer and a tanker truck carrying 8,500 gallons (about 32,000 liters) of gasoline.  (Norwalk Police via AP)
This image from Norwalk Police shows the scene of a tanker fire on I-95 in Norwalk, Conn., Thursday, May 2, 2024. (Norwalk Police via AP)

Governor Ned Lamont said Saturday that plans to reopen all six lanes before rush hour Monday morning appeared to be on schedule.

Until then, motorists must rely on slow-moving detours, which direct traffic around the crash site. Residents in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey, and transportation companies using the portion of I-95, were also notified via text message alerts to seek alternate routes and modes of transportation, leaving all secondary highways and back roads gridlocked in the aftermath of the crash. .

About 160,000 vehicles travel in both directions on that stretch of I-95 daily, officials said.

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