Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Fiery crash on IN interstate involved three semi-trucks

Fiery crash on IN interstate involved three semi-trucks

State Police originally responded to a crash involving three semis around 6 a.m. Wednesday. Any home withing a half-mile of the crash was evacuated.

"That then in turn pushed that truck and tractor and trailer into another vehicle, also a tractor trailer", Wheeles said.

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

Harry Maginity with the Indiana Department of Transportation said there was severe damage to the pavement caused by the extreme heat of the fire.

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

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Eastbound lanes remained closed almost the entire day, only reopening sometime after 8 p.m. Traffic was being diverted off I-65 at exit 50. Further repairs to the asphalt will be needed, Maginity said, but they will need to wait until the temperatures warm up.

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

Northbound lanes reopened more than 10 hours later, about 3 p.m., Wheeles said, but southbound lanes remain closed while the fire involving at least one of the semitrailers continued burning, sending black smoke billowing into the air. "Our officers went to those houses and made contact with those individuals, telling them about the situation and then giving them the option to leave which they then complied with".

The cause of the crash is still under investigation. The collision caused a hazardous chemical to spill on the road. One passenger was injured but is expected to be okay.

Wheeles says the crash left one person with non-life-threatening injuries.

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