NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


October 23, 2009

The National Transportation Safety Board has launched a three-member team to investigate yesterday's tanker truck explosion under an interstate bridge.

On Thursday, October 22, 2009, at 10:30 am, a truck tractor in combination with a cargo tank semitrailer loaded with liquid propane, rolled over while traveling southbound on Interstate 69 in Indianapolis. The cargo tank was breached resulting in an explosion and post-crash fire.

The crash and subsequent fire severely damaged the highway bridge used to carry traffic on I-465 over the access ramp. As a result of the crash, the driver was transported to an area hospital for treatment of his injuries and three other occupants from vehicles that were in proximity to the explosion and fire were also injured.

Senior Highway Safety Investigator Pete Kotowski is the Investigator-in-Charge and will lead the NTSB team.


NTSB Media Contact:
Keith Holloway
(202) 314-6100



The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged with determining the probable cause
of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.