PA to get $2 million in federal funding for I-81 repairs

Written by The Associated Press | May 14, 2013 3:37 PM

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(Harrisburg) -- The federal government is sending Pennsylvania $2 million in emergency funding for repairs to Interstate 81 following a fiery tanker crash.

Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Casey says the money will help with repairs from last Thursday's crash in Dauphin County, which shut down the interstate until last night.

Governor Corbett had earlier signed a disaster emergency proclamation allowing the state to seek federal aid for the estimated $10 million-plus in damage.

Authorities said the tanker was carrying 7,500 gallons of diesel fuel when it flipped over and burst into flames on a ramp that crossed over I-81. The intense heat buckled steel beams and damaged the road so badly officials feared it could collapse onto the interstate.

Temporary repairs have been done, but long-term repairs could take months.

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