LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Interstate 65 remained completely closed in all directions for most of the day Saturday due to multiple crashes, including one in which a semi-truck carrying frozen pizzas caught fire. All lanes were back open by 4:30 a.m. Sunday.
State police, firefighters and rescue personnel responded to the scene of multiple vehicle crashes on the northbound side of I-65 near mile marker 174, which is near the State Road 25 exit. Both north and southbound I-65 were closed for most of the day between the 175 exit and the 172 exit, forcing drivers to seek alternate routes of travel.
Police said the pileup occurred after a semi slowed for another crash that had already happened in front of him. Semis behind that truck were not able to stop in time, causing a multi-vehicle collision that involved a total of nine semis and four cars in the initial collision, as well as secondary crashes behind the original crash.
One semi had a fire start in the engine compartment and its load of frozen pizzas burned along with a second semi trailer loaded with florescent lights.
State police said four people were transported to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. IT was not immediately clear how many vehicles were involved in secondary crashes.
Southbound lanes near the State Road 25 exit reopened briefly before a jackknifed semi-truck closed all lanes again a few miles north at mile marker 178, near the State Road 43 exit.
At roughly 4:30 a.m. Sunday, ISP said all lanes had opened back up on I-65 after cleanup took crews into the early morning hours.