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Driver Cited In Tanker Explosion

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The driver of a propane tanker that overturned and exploded last week, has been ticketed.

Ronald Tobias, 73, was cited on Monday for unsafe lane movement and for driving too fast to avoid a collision, according to Indiana State Police. The maximum for each fine is $500, but Tobias and/or his company could face insurance costs for damage and repairs to the highway which easily exceed $1 million.

The accident forced the closure of interstates 465 and 69.

The state Department of Transportation says there does not appear to be any structural damage to the bridge under which the tanker exploded.

"Everything points to this being an issue of driver error, and that’s based upon people that witnessed the crash, as far as how they discussed how he was driving right before the crash occurred," said ISP 1st Sgt. Dave Bursten.

The investigation, which involves the National Transportation Safety Board, is ongoing.