Route 32 in Franklin reopened after nitrogen tanker overturned, - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Route 32 in Franklin reopened after nitrogen tanker overturned, caught fire

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I-95 south in Clinton was completely closed at one point on Friday morning because of a nitrogen tanker leak. (WFSB) I-95 south in Clinton was completely closed at one point on Friday morning because of a nitrogen tanker leak. (WFSB)
CLINTON, CT (WFSB) -

A tanker carrying liquid nitrogen that caught fire Friday morning on I-95 in Clinton has overturned on Route 32 in Franklin.

Dept. of Transportation officials said Route 32 in Franklin is closed between Newpark Avenue and Route 2.

According to Willimantic dispatchers on Twitter, the tanker ended up on its side while it was being towed to Bozrah.

The tanker tipped over and rolled off the tow truck.

The liquid nitrogen was being released as a gas from the truck. 

Once the nitrogen made contact with the air, the nitrogen began to evaporate causing a large cloud of smoke. 

Businesses and homes in the immediate area were evacuated as a precaution.

Earlier in the morning on Friday, the same tanker caught fire on I-95 south in Clinton, around 4:30 a.m.

The highway was shut down at one point but has since reopened.

According to troopers, the nitrogen tanker caught fire and caused the highway to close at Exit 64 and Exit 63.

Channel 3 streamed live pictures of the incident on its Facebook page here.

For real-time traffic updates, check the Channel 3 traffic map here.

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