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Tanker driver cited for Harrisburg overpass explosion

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 3, 2013 2:05 PM
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A PennDOT camera's view of this spring's tanker fire

(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania State Police say excessive speed caused the fiery tanker truck crash at an interstate interchange in Harrisburg earlier this year.

Trooper Rob Hicks says a reconstruction of the accident revealed the driver, 52-year-old Thomas Uecker of Dover, was traveling at between 48 and 50 miles an hour in an area where the speed limit for tractor-trailers is 40 mph.

The truck, which was hauling diesel fuel, flipped over May 9th on a ramp from Interstate 81 northbound to Routes 22/322.

The resulting fire did extensive damage that closed I-81 for several days.

Uecker was charged last week with three summary traffic offenses. No telephone number is listed for him and he did not identify an attorney when he was charged.

This story has been updated from an earlier version.

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