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Pa. turnpike to be 'free' as Interstate 81 detour

PennDOT officials say the section of I-81 near Harrisburg is expected to remain closed in both directions for the next several days after the fully-loaded diesel tanker overturned on an overpass above the interstate Thursday morning and exploded into flames.

The Associated Press

5/10/2013

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Turnpike is waiving tolls for motorists who drive between the Carlisle and Harrisburg East exits as an alternative to Interstate 81, which remains closed near the state capital because of damage from a tanker truck fire.

PennDOT officials say the section of I-81 near Harrisburg is expected to remain closed in both directions for the next several days after the fully-loaded diesel tanker overturned on an overpass above the interstate Thursday morning and exploded into flames. The interstate and the overpass were both damaged.

Motorists must take a ticket at one exit and present it at the other to get the free tolls. E-ZPass users can enter and exit the turnpike normally and not be charged for trips between those two exits, which are about 21 miles apart.

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