A crash involving a fiery tanker truck closes I-95 in both directions in Norwalk

A multi-car crash sparked a massive fire on Interstate 95, closing the busy highway in both directions Thursday morning in Norwalk, Connecticut.

The crash occurred around 5:30 a.m. on southbound I-95, about 35 miles north of Central Park. Governor Ned Lamont of Connecticut said at a press conference. This involved a tractor-trailer, a fuel tanker and a passenger car.

No one was killed or seriously injured in the accident. However, the fuel truck was carrying 8,500 liters of gasoline, which ignited into a blazing fire.

In response to the fire, authorities close I-95 in both directionscreating massive traffic problems for commuters in the tri-state area.

“I know what an incredible inconvenience this is for people, and all I can ask you is to stay away from that area as best you can,” Lamont said. “The traffic jams are terrible.”

The highway will remain closed for hours While authorities investigate the crash and clean up the debris, the governor said.

The wreck occurred under the Fairfield Ave. overpass in Norwalk, which was also closed.

“There is damage to the bridge,” said Scott Hill, chief engineer for the Connecticut Department of Transportation. “We don’t know yet how big the scale is, but it is not a collapse problem. The area is safe.”

However, no local traffic was allowed on the bridge. Authorities are still investigating the cause of the wreck and the structural integrity of the viaduct.