Hazmat fire closes southern Indiana interstate


JACKSON COUNTY – A crash involving several trucks resulted in a chemical spill and fire that closed I-65 in southern Indiana for nearly seventeen hours yesterday.

Several containers inside one of the trailers ruptured, spilling hazardous materials just before 4:30 a-m on the interstate near Scottsburg.

As hazmat crews were cleaning up the spill, they noticed chemical reactions taking place around 10:45 a-m. They backed off and closed all traffic in the opposite lanes and warned nearby residents of the situation.

The chemical reaction resulted in a fire around noon which burned until around 4 p-m and destroyed a hazmat response vehicle.

Northbound lanes reopened after the fire was extinguished, but southbound lanes remained closed while temporary repairs to the asphalt were made.

The southbound side then reopened around 9 last night.

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