I-65 reopens after crash closed southern Indiana highway

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All lanes of I-65 are closed.

Indiana State police Sgt. Stephen Wheeles says work by responding agencies made the road safe for traffic until a permanent fix can be made.

Westbound traffic is being diverted off at Grant Street and eastbound traffic is being diverted off at Cline Avenue, police said. It was not immediately clear how long the closure would last.

Although cleanup crews were on scene earlier, the danger level escalated to the point that police are now letting the fire burn itself out. Any home withing a half-mile of the crash was evacuated.

The crash occurred about 4:30 a.m. about 40 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky. Southbound lanes remained closed until 9pm.

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As a result of the crash, some of the chemicals from Okpeh's vehicle spilled inside the trailer and onto the roadway.

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. NIPSCO notified police the soonest the road could reopen is approximately 11:30 a.m. Police are urging drivers to seek alternate routes as there is a risk of explosion due to the leaking semi being fully engulfed in flames.

Department of Environmental Management.

The investigation is ongoing.

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