Truck driver pleads guilty in I-81 fuel tanker fire

A Dover truck driver will pay more than $800 in fines for causing a fuel tanker fire along Interstate 81 near Harrisburg last year.

Thomas Uecker, 53, pleaded guilty to three summary traffic violations before a district judge Wednesday.

Uecker was behind the wheel of a tanker truck that overturned and caught fire after it struck a guardrail on the ramp from I-81 North to Route 22/322 West in Susquehanna Township on May 9, 2013.

The flames destroyed both the ramp and the Route 22 East bridge above it.

Uecker still faces several summary charges for the deaths of several animals at Wildwood Park. The case was continued for 90 days to give attorneys more time to reach a settlement with the trucking company’s insurance carrier.

Dauphin County spent nearly $5,000 on the cleanup of Wildwood Lake.

PennDOT spent $13 million on repairs to the damaged ramp and bridge, both of which reopened to traffic last fall. They used mostly federal tax dollars and are still looking to recoup some money from the insurance company.

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