Hazmat truck rolls, backup semi struck on I-65 in Lake County

GARY, Ind. - A portion of I-65 northbound was closed for nearly 12 hours Saturday after a semi-tractor hauling hazardous materials overturned.

State police said a semi pulling a tanker placarded for hazardous material was northbound in the right lane of I-65 when a car apparently cut it off, causing the driver to lose control and the truck to flip onto its passenger side.

The semi was hauling 6,935 gallons of hexanes, a colorless, flammable liquid used as a solvent. Police said a small leak was discovered after the crash.

Traffic was diverted to the I-80 westbound exit ramp until just after 4 p.m. Saturday.

A second tanker truck was called in to recover the load of hexanes. While that truck was parked on I-65 just south of the wreck for the driver to identify himself and gain access to the site, a 2009 Ford minivan came around the curve of the road, began sliding and hit the rear of the empty tanker.

The driver of the minivan was treated and released at the scene, and neither truck driver was injured.

The tanker sustained minimal damage and was able to offload the hexane from the earlier crash.

Second crash

The tanker, above, was struck while attempting to reach another tanker which had rolled over earlier.

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