Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Semitrailers crash, catch fire on IN freeway

Semitrailers crash, catch fire on IN freeway

Crews with the Indiana Department of Transportation are getting ready to fix I-65 in Jackson County Thursday following a Wednesday morning crash and chemical fire that closed the interstate for more than 15 hours.

The crash happened around 4:30 a.m. on I-65 southbound near mile marker 43.

It's not clear what kind of hazardous chemicals leaked from the truck.

Eastbound lanes remained closed almost the entire day, only reopening sometime after 8 p.m.

Once the fire was extinguished, crews were able to clean up the scene.

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ISP says that complications in the cleanup of the hazardous spill caused by the crash mean that the section of the highway affected will remain closed until further notice. 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. Crews will begin milling to the pavement Wednesday evening, beginning repairs that will allow Interstate 65 southbound to reopen.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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.

A passenger inside Okpeh's truck was injured in the crash and was taken to an area hospital.

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