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State to get $2 million for I-81 repairs

on May 15, 2013 10:30 AM

HARRISBURG (AP) — Federal transportation officials are sending Pennsylvania $2 million in emergency funding for repairs to Interstate 81 following a fiery tanker crash.

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., announced the funding Tuesday to help with repairs from Thursday’s crash near Harrisburg, which shut down the interstate until Monday night.

Gov. Tom 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.

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