A tanker truck carrying 8,000 gallons of gasoline, jackknifed, flipped and exploded on a Route 7 bridge in Ridgefield yesterday afternoon, killing the driver, melting pavement, scorching trees and shutting down a major roadway between Norwalk and Danbury.
According to the Norwalk Advocate, Route 7 may be closed until Saturday between Route 102 in Branchville and Route 35 in Ridgefield:
Ridgefield Police Capt. Stephen Brown said the accident happened at about 3:25 p.m. when, according to an eyewitness, a white sport-utility vehicle pulled out of Simpaug Turnpike and cut in front of the northbound gasoline truck in order to head south on Route 7. The tanker driver swerved, and his truck jackknifed, fell on its side and exploded, killing the driver.
All that remained of the truck last night were its rails and engine block. The tank and cab were incinerated.
The News-Times posted several photos including this onecredited to The News-Times/David W. Harple.