I-65S near Seymour back open after semi crash, chemical fire

I-65S near Seymour back open after semi crash, chemical fire

All lanes of Interstate 65 at the 41 mile marker near Uniontown have reopened after a crash involving three semis in the southbound lanes Wednesday morning that caused hazardous chemicals to leak.

According to Indiana State Police spokesperson Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, the crash happened near the 43 mm at about 5 a.m.

Sgt. Stephen Wheeles with Indiana State Police said crews responding to the cleanup faced an "explosion risk".

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. ISP says that the detour is sending traffic to US 31 south to State Road 250 and back on I-65 at mile marker 41. Northbound lanes of I-65 reopened at 4pm.

Although cleanup crews were on scene earlier, the danger level escalated to the point that police are now letting the fire burn itself out.

"Everyone at that time made the decision to kind of backup for their safety", he said. Police also called for an evacuation after chemicals that spilled onto the road became volatile.

A passenger in the rear semi was injured.

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.