Update: Tanker fire out; I-81 and Rt. 322 still closed

Written by The Associated Press | May 9, 2013 9:02 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- State police are releasing new information on the tanker truck fire and explosion that has closed Interstate 81 and Route 322 near Harrisburg.

Trooper Robert Hicks says a fully loaded diesel tanker overturned on the northbound interstate on-ramp to westbound Route 322 about 6:10 a.m. Thursday.

Hicks says the truck caught fire and multiple explosions resulted, though the 52-year-old driver -- who is not otherwise being identified -- escaped with minor injuries.

He was taken to a Harrisburg hospital.

The truck was coming from Carlisle but no other vehicles or people were involved.

Burning fuel was dripping down from the Route 322 overpass onto I-81 and both roads were to remain closed until PennDOT crews can determine whether they're safe to use.

The deck and beams of the overpass appeared to be badly damaged.

This story has been updated.

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