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Interstate 65 near Lebanon reopened after crash, chemical spill

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Posted at 8:58 PM, Aug 24, 2020

LEBANON — A crash between two semi tractor trailers on Monday afternoon snarled traffic near Lebanon and caused a lengthy cleanup and recovery operation.

According to a report from the Boone County Sheriff's Office, the call came in at 2:42 p.m. Monday reporting a crash between two semis at the 142.2 mile marker of Interstate 65 southbound. Deputies said one of the semis was hauling a tanker that contained acetic anhydride that was leaking onto the roadway.

Deputies said the tanker had slowed for slowing traffic when a second semi that was behind the tanker did not get stopped in time and rear-ended the tanker. Both drivers were taken to an area hospital for treatment of minor injuries, deputies said.

Firefighters from the Center Township Fire Department said the tanker was hauling approximately 5,000 gallons of the chemical.

The interstate was closed in both directions for approximately three hours from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The Indianapolis International Airport AARF truck was requested to the scene to provide foam suppression. There was no fire.

The interstate was again closed beginning at 9 p.m. Monday for a recovery operation while the chemical in the damaged tanker was moved to an undamaged tanker.

Boone County Sheriff's Office public information officer Wesley Garst said I-65 reopened at about 4:40 a.m. Tuesday.