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Ramp damaged by tanker explosion reopens after repairs

Posted at 9:12 PM, Feb 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-23 16:10:40-05

UPDATE: The ramp leading from Interstate 465 southbound to Interstate 70 eastbound that was closed Sunday morning for repairs reopened just before 3:30 p.m., according to the Indiana Department of Transportation.

The original story is below.

INDIANAPOLIS — The east side interstate ramp that was damaged Thursday when a tanker truck crashed and exploded will close Sunday for repairs.

Indiana Department of Transportation public information officer Mallory Duncan said the bridge from Interstate 465 southbound to Interstate 70 eastbound is structurally sound, but INDOT wanted to wait for low-traffic hours to patch the areas that were burned in the fire.

The bridge will close at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

INDOT performed precautionary friction tests on the ramp Saturday to determine if the heat affected the concrete. Duncan said the results of the testing are not yet available.

I-465 SB to I-70 EB will be CLOSED tomorrow morning starting at 9:30am for a patching operation. We will be patching part of the bridge deck that was damaged by the tanker fire. Please use Shadeland Ave to get onto I-70 EB.

— INDOT East Central (@INDOTEast) February 23, 2020

A tanker truck hauling 4,000 gallons of jet fuel crashed and exploded around 2 p.m. Thursday. The driver of the truck, Jeffrey Denman, 59, of Brownsburg, suffered significant burns and was transported to Eskenzai Hospital in critical condition.

Three good Samaritans are credited with helping to save Denman's life.

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