Emergency crews were deployed to the scene early Sunday morning after an I-95 on-ramp was set ablaze by a burning truck resulting in the collapse of part of the highway.
Officials have blocked off all lanes on the northbound and southbound sides of I-95 and described the highway as “compromised”.
Philadelphia Fire Department Captain Derrick Bowmer revealed that the fire was creating explosions in the manholes due to runoff, and advised all commuters to steer clear of the area as the highway is not expected to re-open any time soon.
Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro announced he had been briefed on the situation and his office was working to ascertain the condition of the roadway. He highlighted to observe the commands of first responders and to be conscious of the safety of all those involved.
The blaze covered the vehicle with concrete and debris, which hampered initial efforts to establish the type of truck involved and to uncover the whereabouts of a driver. Witnesses reported copious amounts of smoke and flames pouring from the truck close to the Cottman Avenue on-ramp. Soon after, police vehicles were seen blocking the entrance to the northbound direction of I-95 at Aramingo Avenue.
No one yet knows what caused the fire and authorities have not noted any casualties.