Fiery semitrailer crash shuts down I-65 in southern Indiana

Fiery semitrailer crash shuts down I-65 in southern Indiana

Interstate 65 south remains closed near Seymour due to a fiery crash.

The crash occurred about 4:30 a.m. about 40 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky.

Westbound traffic is being diverted off at Grant Street and eastbound traffic is being diverted off at Cline Avenue, police said. Because of the chemical fire, ISP and responders made a decision to let the fire burn out instead of putting water on it. Wheeles said crews were concerned that adding water could cause a reaction that could make the situation worse.

As crews began to investigate the crash, they discovered one of the trucks was hauling hazardous materials, so they evacuated homes within a half-mile radius.

All lanes northbound and southbound of I-65 at mile marker 43 (near the crossing of State Road 250) are now closed. Southbound remained closed until about 9 p.m.

Police are still investigating the crash.

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"Something inside that trailer ruptured, which caused the chemicals to leak", Wheeles said. NIPSCO notified police the soonest the road could reopen is approximately 11:30 a.m.

Wheeles says the crash injured one person.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management is cleaning up the chemicals, WLFI-TV reported.

Drivers are advised to take a different route.

Both lanes are expected to be reopened by the afternoon.

The investigation is ongoing.

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