INDIANAPOLIS — All lanes are back open after a tanker fire shut down traffic along State Road 37 on the south side of Indianapolis Friday morning, damaging new pavement that had been laid down as part of an I-69 project.
The tanker caught fire around 6:30 a.m. on southbound State Road 37 near Wicker Road.
Preliminary information from Indiana State Police Sgt. John Perrine indicates a front tire on the semi carrying the tanker blew, causing it to hit a guardrail. The fuel tank ruptured and caught on fire which, you can see in this video he shared on social media.
The driver was able to get out of the semi before the vehicle became covered in flames. No one else was hurt.
The crash happened in an area of State Road 37 that’s been under construction as part of the I-69 Finish Line project to bring State Road 37 to interstate conditions.
According to INDOT, the truck pushed a barrier wall into the northbound lanes. The barrier had to be reset before the road can reopen.
The department said, “Once debris is removed, INDOT and the contractor will assess damage and make necessary repairs.”
Mid-morning on Friday, northbound traffic was diverted at Fairview Road to Bluff Road to Southport Road back to 37.
Southbound traffic was diverted at Southport Road to Bluff Road to Fairview Road back to 37.
While lanes have since reopened, INDOT says drivers should still prepare for lane closures possibly Friday night and into tomorrow as repairs continue.
The I-69 Finish Line Twitter account said drivers should “expect night and weekend lane closures in the coming days for ongoing cleanup and repairs.”
The tanker trailer was empty, but it had previously contained liquid asphalt, according to state police.