Indiana State Police say they’re letting a fire from a crash that has closed Interstate 65 in southern Indiana to burn itself out.
The crash involving three semitrailers occurred about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday about 40 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky. It had the interstate closed in both directions 10 hours later.
Trooper Seth Davidson says one of the trucks was carrying four types of hazardous materials that spilled and mixed.
If you are traveling on I-65 near Seymour please seek an alternate route. A crash and chemical fire at mile marker 43 have both lanes closed. pic.twitter.com/FZ7qg3CPbv
— INDOT (@INDOT) January 10, 2018
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.
The crash occurred along a rural stretch of the highway surrounded by farm fields and a horse farm, but authorities evacuated homes within a half mile as a precaution.
Wheeles says the crash injured one person.
This post has been updated.