I-65 reopens after semi crash, fire near Lafayette


Indiana State Police say a section of Interstate 65 near Lafayette was closed for about 10 hours because a semitrailer caught fire after crashing into another track parked along the highway.

The collision occurred about 1:30 a.m. Friday on I-65 about 15 miles north of Lafayette. State police Sgt. Ann Wojas says a trucker had stopped on the outer shoulder of the northbound lanes with mechanical troubles. Soon after the driver got out of the truck, it was hit from behind.

Wojas says the second truck continued on for a short distance before it caught fire and became fully engulfed with flames. Both drivers were taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Investigators have not determined what caused the crash and fire, but it appears that a FedEx tandem truck struck the back of another semi, then the FedEx truck caught fire.

The crash happened around 1:30 a.m.  The FedEx truck spilled packages all over the road and burned under the overpass of White County Road 500 West.

Nothing in the load of either truck was deemed hazardous when the items spilled onto the roadway, but a hazmat team has been requested to the scene.