Tractor-Trailer Fire Closes I-65

Motorists Taken Off Interstate In Jackson County

A fire involving a tractor-trailer in southern Indiana blocked Interstate 65 Monday morning.

The trailer fire began about 7:50 a.m. in the northbound lanes a couple of miles south of the U.S. 50 exit in Seymour, Indiana State Police Sgt. Noel Houze said.


"The trailer was hauling a material called xylene, which is a highly flammable material," Houze said.

The interstate was shut down in both directions for a while, but southbound lanes reopened shortly after investigators determined that the xylene didn't spill.

"Although heat from the fire caused the seals to break on a couple of the barrels of xylene, the material that leaked out burned up, and no hazardous material was spilled," Houze said.

Northbound traffic was taken off the interstate at exit 41 in Uniontown and directed to U.S. 31.

The damaged truck from Kentucky bound for Hammond was removed so that northbound lanes could reopen, police said.

There were no reports of injuries.

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