Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

I-65 Closed in Indiana After Major Accident, Explosion Risk

I-65 Closed in Indiana After Major Accident, Explosion Risk

The northbound lanes reopened to traffic around 3 p.m., and the southbound lanes opened around 9 p.m.

Indiana State Trooper Seth Davidson says that the truck was hauling four hazardous chemicals, two corrosion, one oxidizer and one with acid.

As of 1:43 p.m., both sides of I-65 were shut down between mile marker 41 and 50, and officials were allowing the fire to burn itself out. It was not immediately clear how long the closure would last. The truck carrying the chemicals caught fire after the crash, prompting the evacuations.

All houses within half a mile of the crash scene were evacuated, according to Sgt. Stephen Wheeles with Indiana State Police.

Wheeles said the company hired to clean up the spill told crews that the chemicals had mixed, which led to the fire. Southbound lanes remained closed until 9pm.

UPDATE: An I-65 crash that happened early Wednesday morning is now causing problems for responders. However, just before 11 a.m., ISP said both southbound lanes were closed again due to "complications from the cleanup".

Department of Environmental Management.

State police also advised drivers stuck on the expressway not to drive the wrong way on 80/94 ramps to get off the road, as it is risky and can make the traffic problems worse.

The investigation is ongoing.

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