BREAKING: Serious Tanker Fire Shuts Down I-95 in Bensalem, Roadway Charred
A very serious vehicle fire in Bucks County shut I-95 in both down in both directions late Friday night. Parts of the highway are likely to remain closed overnight into early Saturday morning.
Officials say the accident happened near Exit 39 on I-95 in Bristol Township in the area of Street Road. That’s near the exit for the Pennsylvania Turnpike. It’s believed that a car and a tanker collided causing the blaze. Additionally, NBC10 is also reporting that other vehicles were also involved in the crash.
At least one of the vehicles was seen dangling off the highway's overpass at Route 13, as seen in footage from WPVI-TV’s Chopper 6 Friday night.
NBC10's Jim Rosenfield is reporting that at least three victims were taken to the hospital following the accident. He says that includes the tanker driver and his child. The exact conditions of those injured in the crash were not immediately clear, but 6 ABC says their injuries are non-life threatening.
As of 10:15 pm Friday night the accident scene looked very active. The northbound lanes of I-95 were opened just before 10:30 pm. However, given the severity of the damage, it appears unlikely that the Southbound side of the highway will reopen anytime soon.
At the time of the crash residents across the area reported seeing a large fireball in the sky. That's because it's believed that the tanker may have been carrying diesel fuel or heating oil, Bensalem's Fire Battalion Chief Robert Sponheimer told The Intelligencer.
This is a developing story. We'll update this story when we have more information.