Truck fire causes I-95 collapse in Northeast Philadelphia

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Truck fire causes I-95 collapse in Northeast Philadelphia  and the highway to be closed to traffic by officials early Sunday.

NBC’s Randy Gyllenhaal reported that officials on scene said they’re investigating after the northbound side on I-95 collapsed before 8 a.m. and the southbound side is “compromised.”

Gyllenhaal said that officials told him, “the roadway is gone.”

Sunday morning, just before 9 a.m., Captain Derrick Bowmer, of the Philadelphia Fire Department, said that runoff from the burning truck is also causing explosions underground.

“We will be here for awhile,” he said. “We have fire coming out of those manholes.”

He also said that commuters should avoid the area as the highways isn’t expected to re-open anytime soon.

For drivers trying to navigate the city as the closure has shuttered the highway in both directions, NBC10 has provided a few alternate ways to avoid gridlocked traffic.

Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro, on Sunday morning, said he had been briefed on the collapse, and his office was working to asses the situation.

“For now, please avoid the area and follow the direction of the first responders on the scene,” Shapiro said, in a statement.

Concrete and debris from the road could be seen covering the truck on Sunday morning.

But, officials told NBC10 that they aren’t sure exactly what kind of truck it might be as they haven’t been able to get in there to search for a driver.

Just before 7 a.m., smoke and flames could be seen pouring from a burning truck near the Cottman Avenue on-ramp to I-95.

At about 7 a.m., police vehicles were spotted blocking traffic onto the northbound section of the highway at the Aramingo Avenue exit.

Law enforcement officials have not provided more information as to what may have caused the fire.

Officials have also not yet reported any injuries.

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