PEMA Shares Update on I-95 Closure

At approximately 6:20 a.m. yesterday, a vehicle fire under I-95 near the Cottman Avenue exit in Northeast Philadelphia caused a portion of the highway to collapse. Preliminary reports indicate a commercial truck carrying a petroleum-based product was the source of the fire.

Last night, Governor Josh Shapiro, administration officials, and representatives from the City of Philadelphia and SEPTA provided an update on the situation during a press briefing, the highlights of which are summarized below:

  • A truck carrying a petroleum product caught on fire under I-95.
  • I-95 Northbound lane collapsed.
  • I-95 Southbound lane is impassable, shutting down I-95 in both directions.
  • There is an ongoing investigation to determine the details.
  • It is preliminarily estimated to take months to fully repair the damaged part of I-95.
  • PennDOT has established a website for updates on this incident, please refer to this page for updates.

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