UPDATE: INDOT plans to close the damaged ramp Sunday morning for repairs.
Interstate-465 southbound to I-70 east bound will be CLOSED Sunday morning starting at 9:30am for a patching operation.
Crews will be patching part of the bridge deck that was damaged by the tanker fire.
Motorist are asked to use Shadeland Ave to get onto I-70 EB. According to an INDOT spokesperson, the bridge is structurally sound.
INDOT officials are still waiting on results of testing conducted Saturday.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — INDOT crews are performing roadwork following the tanker explosion Thursday afternoon.
The left lane on the I-70EB ramp from I-465 remains closed. Traffic is only flowing through the right lane.
INDOT tells us the guard rail was repaired along one side. Crews did perform a precautionary friction test to see how or if heat affected the concrete.
Another friction test will be performed at noon. This comes after a tanker hit the guardrail on the ramp from Interstate 465 to 70. The crash caused the tank to split overturning the semi releasing thousands of gallons of fuel, causing a fire and explosion.
The driver, Jeffery Denman, who is an air force veteran was able to escape the burning semi. Denman was also covered in flames.
Three good samaritans jumped into action by running to his aid. An Indiana State Police trooper tells us they escaped moments before the explosion, walked in jet fuel, and acted selflessly to save Denman.
“One of the gentlemen involved, he actually took the shirt off of his back and put it on the man and he had come down from the 465 ramp to assist as well so he ran over a quarter mile to get to him as well. I can’t thank them enough for all they did for him and for me. They were huge in assisting with everything,” said ISP Trooper, Chris Hanson.
As of Saturday afternoon, Denman is in critical condition.
INDOT expects both lanes to be fully reopened by Sunday.