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UPDATE: One person has been injured in a vehicle fire that started after a three-semi crash on I-65 near Seymour Wednesday morning.
According to police, one of the trucks was carrying four different types of hazardous materials that spilled and mixed.
Although cleanup crews were on scene earlier, the danger level escalated to the point that police are now letting the fire burn itself out.
Nearby residents have been evacuated as a precaution due to possible air contamination.
Jackson County Emergency Management also says the fire has damaged the interstate pavement.
I-65 northbound is now back open in Jackson County north of the 41 mile marker. Southbound will remain closed for an indefinite amount of time.
UPDATE: An I-65 crash that happened early Wednesday morning is now causing problems for responders.
ISP says that complications in the cleanup of the hazardous spill caused by the crash mean that the section of the highway affected will remain closed until further notice.
All lanes northbound and southbound of I-65 at mile marker 43 (near the crossing of State Road 250) are now closed. 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.
Homes within a half mile of the area are being evacuated as a precaution.
This story will be updated.
JACKSON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — A multi-vehicle crash Wednesday morning has lead to a leak of hazardous chemicals on Interstate 65 in Jackson County.
Police say it happened at around 4:30 a.m. on I-65 when a semi rear-ended two other tractor trailers who were stopped due to a previous crash.
The crash caused hazardous material to be spilled leading to the closure of southbound lanes of I-65 near the crossing of State Road 250.
A passenger in one of the vehicles suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital.
At around 10:30 a.m. the left lane reopened. The right lane remained closed to allow cleanup of the chemical spill by the Indiana
Department of Environmental Management. A private environmental cleanup company was also on hand to help offload the contents of the leaking trailer.
The spill is not believed to be a threat to area residents or other passing drivers.
Both lanes are expected to be reopened by the afternoon.
The investigation is ongoing.
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