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Police: Flat tire leads to deadly crash on I-70; thousands of gallons of oil spilled

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The driver of a tanker truck involved in a crash this morning on I-70 near Mt. Comfort Road has died.

The crash happened near mile marker 95.2 just before 9 a.m. Indiana State Police said a truck ran off the road and crashed into a bridge, spilling fuel onto the interstate. Investigators said two tires on the truck blew, causing the driver to lose control.

The driver was seriously injured and was taken to an area hospital for treatment. State police said all traffic was being diverted to Mount Comfort Road.

Sgt. John Perrine from ISP said the tanker broke in half, spilling oil on the bridge and road. One westbound lane opened temporarily, but the interstate had to be shut down in both directions because too much oil is on the road, making it too slick for traffic.

Both directions of I-70 were closed for more than three hours while Indiana Department of Environmental Management HAZMAT crews cleaned the spilled oil, and that clean-up will continue for several more hours. INDOT says every effort is being made to completely clean the scene, however due to the large amount of oil that was spilled, they’re asking motorists to be cautious in the area of the crash.

Investigators are still working to positively identify the driver. Once identification is made and family is notified the name will be released.

One lane in each direction of I-70 is still closed while clean-up continues. Drivers should seek alternate routes for their afternoon commute.