Authorities have shut down both lanes of Interstate 65 in southern in after a fiery crash involving three semitrailers spilled hazardous chemicals and prompted evacuations.
Authorities say the IN collision caused one of the trailers to leak a hazardous chemical. Any home withing a half-mile of the crash was evacuated.
A crash on Interstate 65 in IN led to the leak of hazardous chemicals, and police have said that first responders are facing an explosion risk.
Northbound lanes of I-65 reopened at 4pm. All lanes were shut down as of 8:45 a.m.
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Although cleanup crews were on scene earlier, the danger level escalated to the point that police are now letting the fire burn itself out. Police said both east and westbound traffic had to be diverted off the interstate.
The crash involves three semi trucks.
One person, a passenger in one of the semis, was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
As a result of the crash, some of the chemicals from Okpeh's vehicle spilled inside the trailer and onto the roadway. "It didn't take long then for the trailer and the tractor to catch fire". Once the fire was out, the northbound lanes reopened.