Tanker fire shuts down Harrisburg roads

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – 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 theyre safe to use.

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