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Part of I-81 will stay closed after tanker fire

Corbett signs disaster emergency proclamation, which could bring federal aid to repair roadway.


May 11. 2013 12:04AM


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HARRISBURG — A section of Interstate 81 near Harrisburg was expected to remain closed in both directions for the next several days after a tanker truck fully loaded with diesel fuel overturned Thursday morning and exploded into flames, sending black smoke billowing into the sky.

Officials said the crash occurred on an on-ramp to Route 22-322, where the ramp curls back over the interstate and runs under another section of Route 22-322. They said the intense heat buckled steel beams on the top section and damaged it so badly there were fears it could collapse and fall onto I-81.

“There really could not have been a worse spot for this to have occurred,” state Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch told reporters.

State police said the driver, Thomas Uecker, 52, of Dover, Pa., was treated at a hospital for minor injuries. The truck was registered to Tameric Enterprises LLC in Carlisle.

A disaster emergency proclamation that Gov. Tom Corbett signed following the tanker truck fire will allow the state to seek federal aid for some of the more than $10 million in damages.

Meanwhile, the Pennsylvania Turnpike is waiving tolls for motorists who drive between the Carlisle and Harrisburg East exits as an alternative to Interstate 81.

Motorists must take a ticket at one exit and present it at the other to get the free tolls.




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