Traffic moving after hours-long interstate shutdown

Traffic moving after hours-long interstate shutdown

Update, 9:20 p.m.: Indiana State Police say all lanes of I-65 have reopened in Jackson County after a semi crash and chemical fire had them closed for most of Wednesday.

Wheeles said a semi driver was not paying attention and hit the rear of a second semi, which caused the second semi to hit a third semi.

Interstate 65 south remains closed near Seymour due to a fiery crash.

Sgt. Stephen Wheeles says the collision caused one of the trailers to leak hazardous chemicals, and eventually at least one of the rigs caught fire, sending black smoke billowing into the air. Much of the pavement along the right lane, shoulder and part of the left lane were heavily damaged.

All lanes northbound and southbound of I-65 at mile marker 43 (near the crossing of State Road 250) are now closed.

Although cleanup crews were on scene earlier, the danger level escalated to the point that police are now letting the fire burn itself out. Traffic was being diverted off I-65 at exit 50.

One person was injured in the accident, but it doesn't appear to be serious, a report from WHAS-11 said.

Wheeles said they're still working to determine exactly what kind of chemicals the truck was carrying and where it was headed.

The crash involves three semi trucks.

Only one passenger in one of the semi trucks suffered minor injuries in the wreck.

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