Fuel tanker explodes on London bridge, 1 dead, many hurt

A crash involving a fuel truck and a car sparked a fire on a major Connecticut highway bridge.

The accident happened on the southbound side of the Gold Star Memorial Bridge over the Thames River.

The truck driver died in the crash, and other people were taken to a hospital with unknown injuries.

Videos from the scene showed flames burning and smoke rising from a lengthy section of the bridge and spreading to a construction and marine company below.

The cause of the accident was under investigation, and engineers were waiting for an all-clear from emergency crews to begin inspecting damage to the bridge.

The Gold Star Memorial Bridge is Connecticut’s largest passenger and truck bridge at 6,000 feet (1,800 meters) in length and has been undergoing a major overhaul.

The incident caused a major traffic backup and threatened long-term disruptions on that stretch of Interstate 95.

The U.S. Naval Submarine Base New London is a short distance north of the bridge, and the submarines stationed there have to travel under the Gold Star to reach the ocean.

The fire was not impacting operations at the submarine base, and the Navy sent three fire trucks and a team of firefighters to the site to help with mutual aid.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.