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911 calls released in tanker explosion that left driver in critical condition

A tanker exploded on I-465 over I-70 on the east side Thursday afternoon.

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — A driver burned when his tanker exploded on I-465 at I-70 on the east side Thursday is in critical condition as of Friday morning.

The Indianapolis Fire Department shared audio of some 911 calls made during the incident.

The Indiana Department of Transportation says only one lane of the I-465 southbound ramp to I-70 eastbound will remain open until at least Saturday morning.

INDOT inspectors said the concrete may be damaged and further testing and repairs were needed Saturday.

An INDOT spokesperson says the bridge is still structurally sound, but crews will be closing I-465 southbound to I-70 eastbound starting at 9:30 a.m. Sunday to patch the deck of the bridge that was burned by the fire.

Several witnesses shared photos and video of the explosion and fire with Eyewitness News.

A tanker carrying jet fuel exploded on I-465 on the east side of Indianapolis Thursday. (Tim Nelson photo)

Investigators say the semi driver lost control coming around the curve on the ramp, hit the retaining wall and overturned.

The driver of the semi told an officer he was hauling 7,499 gallons of fuel when it erupted in flames.

Three good Samaritans pulled the driver from the flames and he was rushed to the hospital. Police say the driver is 59-year-old Jeffrey Denman of Brownsburg.

State police believe unsafe speed was a factor in the crash.

The Indianapolis Fire Department shared dozens of photos of the department's response to the explosion and fire on Facebook.

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Posted by Indianapolis Fire Department on Thursday, February 20, 2020