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Interstate 95 closure in Norwalk to last days


A tractor-trailer fire involving 8,500 gallons of gasoline shut down Interstate 95 Thursday morning in Norwalk — and the area is not expected to reopen for days.


The Fairfield Avenue overpass will be demolished starting at 3 a.m. Friday, according to Gov. Ned Lamont. The interstate could reopen to two-way traffic as early as Monday morning, something Lamont called “heroic work.”


The bridge, which is less than a decade old, was severely damaged by the fire, which ignited directly underneath the structure.


Officials urged patience and suggested for anyone who can work from home to do so. Drivers are also asked to avoid all non-essential travel in the Norwalk area.


Norwalk has also announced that schools will be closed on Friday due to the traffic concerns. Athletic events, shows and proms will still happen, although practices are canceled.


The crash happened at about 5:30 a.m. on I-95 southbound in the area of Exit 15 and 16. A tractor-trailer, a fuel tanker and a passenger vehicle crashed, and no one was seriously injured. However, officials said that there was an increase in other crashes following the initial one.


Traffic is expected to remain a hassle for days while drivers wait for the interstate to reopen.


“My recommendation is if you can’t stay home, take the train,” Lamont said. “Stay away from the cars.”


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