A fuel tanker truck rolled over at Gold Star Bridge in Groton, Connecticut, on Friday, sparking which sparked a massive fire that shut down traffic on Interstate 95.
The “tragic accident” unfolded when a passenger car’s tire blew out and the tractor trailer truck then “went over, spilling about 2,200 gallons of fuel” and creating “billowing smoke” and “incredible flames,” Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont confirmed in a news conference.
The driver of the truck died on the spot as two people have been taken to hospitals, New London Mayor Michael Passero also confirmed.
Some of the fuel spilled into the Thames River, the governor said, adding that teams are working to contain the spill.
Writing by Tersoo Nicholas