Crews clear I-95 car fire that backed up rush-hour traffic

Providence

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Drivers were stuck in traffic for several hours after a car fire closed all lanes of I-95 North in Providence late Monday afternoon.

Crews had all lanes closed near Exit 22 A-B-C – which is the exit for the mall and 6/10 Connector, according to the Rhode Island Department of Transportation. The lanes were reopened around 5 p.m. – two hours after they were first closed.

Just before 4:30 p.m., an Eyewitness News crew on scene said it appeared the fire was out and traffic was starting to trickle through the area.

According to the Providence Fire Department, a work van caught fire after it’s gas tank ruptured. At some point, fire officials said a car hit the van as it was burning.

The car did not catch fire from the impact. The driver of the car suffered non-life threatening injuries from the crash. The driver of the van was not injured.

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