One day after a truck fire caused an elevated portion of Interstate 95 in Philadelphia to collapse, Pennsylvania State Police reported finding human remains in the debris.
The state Medical Examiner’s Office received the remains so that they might be identified. Officials have not yet determined who the remains belonged to or whether the truck driver’s remains were among them. A cousin of the driver as, Willow Grove, Pennsylvania-based Nathan Moody, a father of three, recognized him.
At a press conference on Sunday at the location, Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro stated that “at least one vehicle is still trapped underneath the collapsed roadway.” “We’re still looking for anyone who may have been hurt in the collapse and fire,” the statement continued.
I-95 collapse in Philadelphia…
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— Rev Laskaris (@REVMAXXING) June 12, 2023
According to police, a tanker fire on Sunday morning caused the northbound lanes of I-95 to collapse and left the southbound lanes “compromised.” According to Shapiro, the fire was started by a commercial truck allegedly transporting a petroleum-based substance. According to police, it was carrying 8,500 liters of fuel on Monday. Shapiro said the heavily trafficked freeway would need “months” of repair. On Monday, he announced a calamity.
On Monday, police reported that the truck’s driver had lost control while attempting to navigate a curve in an exit ramp from the highway’s northern side.
The truck flipped over and came to rest on its side, “igniting the fire,” Pennsylvania Secretary of Transportation Mike Carroll said on Monday. According to Carroll, the overpass collapsed because the heat from the fire weakened the I-beams supporting it.
Workers removed tons of debris, rubble, and steel from the scene all day Sunday and Monday.
Despite not collapsing, Carroll stated that the southbound section of the overpass would need to be destroyed since the I-beams could no longer support traffic. By the end of the day, he promised, a demolition strategy would be in place and be underway.
The I-95 collapse has created such a traffic disaster. What happened to all that infrastructure money? We are a nation in decline. America needs Trump back.
— Charles R Downs (@TheCharlesDowns) June 12, 2023
According to Carroll, I-95, a crucial East Coast thoroughfare from Maine to Florida, sees around 160,000 vehicles daily.
The organization stated that a National Transportation Safety Board delegation would investigate the fire and collapse. Reopening the affected section of I-95 is being helped by the Federal Highway Administration.