Southbound lanes on busy I-95 reopen
Road crews worked continuously since tanker crash
From Chris Kokenes
(CNN) -- Southbound lanes on a major artery along the East Coast were reopened ahead of Wednesday morning rush hour, nearly a week after being shut down by a fiery tanker crash, according to police.
Connecticut State Police spokesman Greg Zeloi said three southbound lanes of the Interstate 95 overpass in Bridgeport, Connecticut, were opened around 3:30 a.m., less than six days after an heating oil tanker struck a concrete barrier and burst into flames causing part of the bridge to melt.
Road crews worked continuously to pave over a section of the temporary bridge brought in to replace the overpass. The northbound lanes of the bridge were repaired and reopened Sunday night.
The tanker was carrying about 9,000 gallons of No. 2 heating oil when it collided with a car and exploded last Thursday, spilling a third of the oil onto the highway.
Authorities are still investigating the cause of the crash.
The driver of the tanker and other drivers managed to evacuate their vehicles quickly and were only slightly hurt.
The intense heat from the fire caused the Wordin Avenue bridge on I-95 to buckle and the interstate had to be closed in both directions between exits 25 and 27.
Traffic was diverted onto local roads in Bridgeport. About 120,000 drivers travel this stretch of highway daily.