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I-95 rebuild after partial collapse may take ‘months’; tanker truck driver identified; human remains found in wreckage

Interstate 95 in northeastern Philadelphia Authorities said a commercial truck caught fire under an overpass and part of the road collapsed, blocking traffic in both directions.

“As for the complete rebuilding of Interstate 95, we anticipate it will take several months.” Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro, a Democrat, said at a news conference: late Sunday afternoon.

Governor Shapiro said, “Interstate 95 is a critical artery that supports our economy and plays a vital role in the daily lives of Pennsylvanians. We are doing our best to fix it,” he said.

Authorities are still trying to identify “one or more people” who may have been involved in the fire and collapse.

The tank truck driver was Nathaniel Moody, his family and other sources said. WPVI. Moody was an experienced driver who worked for a trucking company in Pennsauken.

A human body was found in the wreckage on Monday, but the identity of the body was unknown, the newspaper said.

Mr. Shapiro, who visited the site from both the air and the ground, described the collapse as “extreme devastation.”

“I found myself thanking the Lord that there were no injuries or deaths to drivers on State Route 95.”

Shapiro shared a bird’s eye view of the activity site showing cleanup and restoration work underway.

Shapiro said a commercial truck carrying “petroleum-based products” caused the fire, causing the northbound side of the interstate to collapse and the southbound side to buckle and become structurally unsound.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenny urged travelers to plan alternative routes and thanked state and federal partners for their assistance.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg He tweeted that he was in contact with Governor Shapiro, Mayor Kenny and other community leaders regarding the collapse.

“I have spoken directly with @SecretaryPete, @SenBobCasey, @RepBrendanBoyle and other federal officials. I have promised assistance,” Governor Shapiro tweeted. Sunday night.

Governor Shapiro said Declaration of a disaster emergency On Monday, it will allow the federal government to access federal funds to expedite remediation work. According to one report, the proclamation made $7 of state funding immediately available to start rebuilding. Press release from the governor’s office.

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