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Tanker truck inferno caused more than $10M in damage, PennDOT says

Disaster emergency proclamation could lead to US aid, officials say

Truck inferno caused more than $10M in damage, PennDOT says

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The disaster emergency proclamation that Gov. Tom Corbett signed following a tanker truck fire that shut down Interstate 81 near Harrisburg will allow the state to seek federal aid.

Pennsylvania can seek reimbursement from the Federal Highway Administration for some of the more than $10 million in damage from Thursday's accident, which disrupted traffic and commerce throughout the capital region.

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.

I-81 is expected to be closed for several days and long-term repairs are expected to take months. Until I-81 reopens, the Pa. Turnpike will waive tolls for trips between the Harrisburg East (#247) and Carlisle (#226) interchanges.

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