Connecticut’s I-95 overpass, scorched in fuel truck inferno, demolished

Workers demolished a bridge over a Connecticut highway that was damaged in a fiery crash involving a gasoline tanker truck

NORWALK, Conn. – A bridge damaged in a fiery crash that left Interstate 95 in Connecticut closed Thursday and Friday has been demolished.

A live camera from the Connecticut Department of Transportation on Saturday showed excavators and bucket loaders picking up debris from the destroyed Fairfield Avenue overpass above I-95 in Norwalk and dumping it into large containers and dump trucks to be towed away.

Crews began demolishing the bridge Friday morning and the work, including repairing damaged portions of the roadway, was expected to last through the weekend.

Workers aim to reopen all six lanes on the highway, the main artery connecting New England and New York, before rush hour Monday morning.

The bridge burned down Thursday morning after a gasoline tanker crashed into two other vehicles and burst into flames.

State police said a car was moving from the right lane when it struck the gasoline truck, which was carrying 32,000 gallons of fuel. The truck then crashed into a tractor-trailer in another lane and burst into flames. No one was seriously injured and no charges have been filed.

About 160,000 vehicles travel the affected stretch of I-95 every day.

Removing the bridge and repairing the roads could cost about $20 million, with the state’s congressional delegation asking the Federal Highway Administration for emergency funds to pay for all costs.