Staff at the National Transportation Safety Board are reviewing the request by U.S. Senator Bob Casey to have federal regulators investigate the May 9 tanker crash that severely damaged the interchange of Interstate 81 and U.S. Routes 22/322 near Harrisburg.
It is hard to say how soon a decision could be made on whether the federal agency should open an investigation, said Keith Holloway, NTSB public affairs officer. "It varies. There is no specific timeframe."
Factors the NTSB takes into consideration include whether the accident caused fatalities or substantial damage and whether the details that emerge may result in safety recommendations not previously addressed in prior reports or accident investigations, Holloway said.
The NTSB has investigated similar accidents in the past including the Oct. 22, 2009 rollover of a tanker truck hauling liquefied petroleum gas in the area of Indianapolis, Ind., Holloway said. "This is not something we get on a regular basis."
Posted Monday on Cumberlink:
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — U.S. Senator Bob Casey wants federal regulators to investigate a fiery tanker crash that caused serious damage at the interchange of Interstate 81 and U.S. Routes 22/322 near Harrisburg.
Casey said Monday he asked for the probe in a letter to the National Transportation Safety Board.
The Democrat says the investigation could provide additional details about the May 9 crash and help efforts to increase highway safety in the Harrisburg region.
The tanker was hauling 7,500 gallons of diesel fuel northbound from Carlisle when it flipped over on an on-ramp to Route 22/322 that crosses over I-81 and under another section of Route 22-322.
The driver escaped serious injuries, but I-81 was closed for several days as part of repairs that are expected to take months.