Crash involving multiple semis sparks massive fire on IN interstate


Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, the public information officer for the Versailles district of Indiana State Police, said the chain-reaction crash happened around 4:30 a.m. near the 43 mile marker.

Road repairs will be needed to Interstate 65 southbound after a chemical fire in a semi-truck Wednesday.

"That then in turn pushed that truck and tractor and trailer into another vehicle, also a tractor trailer", Wheeles said.

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Trooper Seth Davidson says one of the trucks was carrying four types of hazardous materials that spilled and mixed. Houses within a half-mile have been evacuated, according to his Twitter feed.

Once the fire was extinguished, crews were able to clean up the scene. Police say cleanup crews are dealing with an explosion risk.

Sgt. Stephen Wheeles noted that the fire situation on I-65 is continuing to deteriorate, saying that portions of the highway have been closed down. All lanes of I-65 are closed. "They believe that spraying water or trying to contain it at this point is going to cause more problems".

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Crews began to back off, even asking people nearby to evacuate.

"Everyone at that time made the decision to kind of backup for their safety", he said.

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

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Only one person had minor injuries.