Vehicle fire leads to partial collapse of I-95 in Philadelphia

Akash Arjun

Global Courant

STORY: Smoke rose from the rubble of the collapsed section of the northbound lanes of I-95, the main north-south highway on the East Coast. Video showed emergency services and workers gathered in the area. Traffic in both directions of the eight-lane highway was halted due to concerns about the structural integrity of the remaining southbound lanes.

This stretch of the I-95 corridor is located in the densely populated northeastern part of Philadelphia and connects the city to northern suburbs, such as Bucks County.

On a Sunday in the summer, it is routinely used by beachgoers coming home from the Jersey Shore. During the week it is busy with commuters and vehicles traveling to Boston, Baltimore and Washington.

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Firefighters battled a large fire coming from a vehicle, Philadelphia Fire Battalion Chief Derek Bowmer told reporters.

Dominick Mireles, the director of the city’s Office of Emergency Management, said officials were concerned about the potential impact of the accident on the environment due to its proximity to the Delaware River.

“Today is going to be a long day,” he said, adding that recovery efforts are likely to take time.

Vehicle fire leads to partial collapse of I-95 in Philadelphia

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