The National Transportation Safety Board held hearings in Washington D.C. Tuesday and Wednesday on the crash and explosion of a cargo tank semi-trailer on the far Northeast side of Indianapolis last October. It happened at the overpass of I-465, I-69 and Binford Boulevard when the truck carrying liquefied petroleum gas struck a guardrail. A huge fireball could be seen for miles. Representatives from the Indiana Department of Transportation participated in the hearings. INDOT spokesman Will Wingfield said the crash serves as an example of a larger national discussion about tankers and rollover crashes involving tankers.
“How different engineering improvements either by the companies that operate and build tanker trucks, as well as in the civil engineering community; how we can work together to try to improve the safety of our roads that are already improving every day,” Wingfield said.
Wingfield said the NTSB hopes to release some of the conclusions it has drawn from this information later this year.
“We’re trying to be cooperative and provide as much information as the NTSB feels is necessary to wrap up their inquiry,” Said Wingfield.
For now Wingfield says NTSB is still in the fact finding phase.