Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

Fiery semitrailer crash shuts down I-65 in southern Indiana

Fiery semitrailer crash shuts down I-65 in southern Indiana

According to police, one of the trucks was carrying four different types of hazardous materials that spilled and mixed.

It isn't clear when I-65 will reopen.

Stephen Wheeles first said the southbound lanes would be closed until about 2 p.m. ISP later closed all lanes and evacuated houses within half a mile. Police also called for an evacuation after chemicals that spilled onto the road became volatile. Traffic is being diverted off I-65 at Exit 50. Police are urging drivers to seek alternate routes as there is a risk of explosion due to the leaking semi being fully engulfed in flames.

This story will be updated.

The initial fiery crash involving three semis, that shut down all lanes of Interstate 65 in Jackson County, Indiana, was reported in the southbound lanes of I-65 around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to Sgt. Stephan Wheeles of the Indiana State Police Versailles post.

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Road repairs will be needed to Interstate 65 southbound after a chemical fire in a semi-truck Wednesday.

Authorities say the collision caused one of the trailers to leak a hazardous chemical, and eventually at least one of the rigs caught fire, sending black smoke billowing into the air.

I-65 South reopened just after 9 p.m.

Department of Environmental Management.

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