PHOTO: A view of the aftermath of the collapse of a part of I-95 highway after a fuel tanker exploded beneath it, in Philadelphia, June 11, 2023.

Repairs on Interstate 95 are anticipated to take “months” after a tanker truck carrying flammable goods caught fire beneath the flyover on Sunday morning, causing an elevated part to collapse in Philadelphia, according to officials.

At a news conference on Sunday evening, Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro said, “With regards to the complete rebuild of I-95 roadway, we expect it to take some number of months,” adding that he intended to request a disaster designation to “expedite this process” and “immediately draw down federal funds.”

Buttigieg gave him the assurance that there will be “absolutely no delay” in receiving federal monies to quickly and safety reconstruct the “critical roadway.”

In the meanwhile, according to Shapiro, authorities are considering “interim solutions to connect both sides of I-95 to get traffic through the area.” According to local ABC station WPVI, all lanes between the exits for Philadelphia’s Woodhaven Road and Aramingo Avenue are permanently closed in both directions.

The impacted segment’s northern side “completely collapsed,” while the southbound lanes are “not structurally sound to carry any traffic,” according to Shapiro. The governor claims that one automobile is still buried beneath the ruined road.

He stated, “We are still working to identify any individual or individuals who may have been caught in the fire and the collapse,” before adding later that nobody who was on I-95 at the time of the event was hurt or killed.

According to a U.S. Department of Homeland Security report seen by ABC News on Monday, inspectors from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation found that the southbound section cannot be reopened and will also need to be replaced.

PHOTO: The partial collapse of Interstate 95 after a fire underneath an overpass in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 11, 2023.

Despite periodic inspections, the study said that the overpass’s deck is no longer structurally sound. A sheen was seen on the water of a nearby cove of the Delaware River, which runs for 282 miles along the borders of New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Gasoline from the tanker truck has also spilled into storm drains. According to the article, the U.S. Coast Guard is on the site and will keep collaborating with the Philadelphia Water Department to look for any more potential environmental effects of the fire on the important waterway.

8,000 gallons of gasoline were being transported at the time by the tanker truck, according to Coast Guard Petty Officer Kimberly Reaves.

I-95 serves as the primary north-south route on the East Coast and is one of the busiest transport corridors in the United States. According to a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation official, on average more than 160,000 cars traverse the affected segment of the road each day in Philadelphia.

PHOTO: Officials work on the scene of a collapsed section of Interstate 95 after a tanker truck caught fire in Philadelphia on June 11, 2023.

According to White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, President Joe Biden has been updated on the incident and his team is in contact with Shapiro and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney.

Shailen Bhatt, the federal highway administrator, will visit Philadelphia on Monday to provide support and assistance.

On Monday, the National Transportation Safety Board’s team of experts will start their on-scene phase of their safety investigation into the event in collaboration with the Pennsylvania State Police. The NTSB has stated that a preliminary report will be released in two to three weeks.

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