Semi Trailer Catches Fire, Shuts Down I-65

by Staff on October 10, 2011

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A little before 8 a.m. this morning, the Versailles Post of the Indiana State Police began receiving reports on a semi on fire on I-65 northbound near the 48 mile marker in Jackson County.

As first responders arrived on the scene, it was determined a 2007 Kenworth semi tractor pulling a box trailer owned by Bowling Green Freight out of Bowling Green, KY had caught fire due to overheated trailer brakes. The trailer contained 75 barrels of Xylene, a highly flammable and toxic liquid. Although the 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.

Due to the fire and heavy smoke, both north and southbound I-65 was shut down. Less than 30 minutes later, the southbound lanes were re-opened as the fire was extinguished however the northbound lanes remained closed.

The driver of the semi, 31 year old Robbie L. Lipscomb of Bowling Green, KY told ISP Trooper David Owsley he noticed the fire and was able to unhook the tractor and move it away from the burning trailer.

Lipscomb was uninjured and the semi tractor was not damaged. The load was bound for Hammond, IN.

UPDATE: 2:05 p.m. ISP reports that, within the last few minutes, the left lane of northbound I-65 has been reopened. The right lane will remain closed.

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