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Gov. Tom Corbett: Interstate 81 to remain closed for several days

Written by The Associated Press | May 9, 2013 3:05 PM
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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's transportation secretary says Interstate 81 and another road around the state capital will be closed for a few days after a tanker truck loaded with diesel fuel overturned and exploded.

Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch says the Thursday morning crash just outside Harrisburg damaged a section of Route 22-322 westbound and a ramp to it from I-81.

Schoch says he hopes I-81 can reopen early next week after a section of Route 22-322 above it is removed. He also hopes by Monday to convert one of the two unaffected Route 22-322 eastbound lanes into a westbound lane. He says the detour could last a couple months.

Turnpike tolls will be lifted at the Harrisburg East and Carlisle exits only to ease traffic congestion.

Police say the driver was treated for minor injuries.

Follow our coverage of the I-81 tanker fire here.

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