Interstate 65 reopens after semi slide-off - wave3.com-Louisville News, Weather & Sports

Interstate 65 reopens after semi slide-off

CLARKSVILLE, IN (WAVE) - Police have reopened the northbound lanes of Interstate 65 between Stansifer Avenue and Lewis & Clark Parkway after a semi truck slid off the road and began leaking a hazardous chemical during Tuesday's snowstorm.

It happened during the morning commute, just after 9 a.m. According to Indiana State Police spokesman Jerry Goodin, a gold 1998 Lexus was northbound on I-65 in the right lane when the driver lost control. That's when the driver of a red Kenworth flatbed trailer traveling in the middle lane in the same direction swerved to avoid the Lexus, but the Lexus struck the semi.

The semi jackknifed and the trailer struck the inside barrier wall of I-65 before overturning.

The driver of the Lexus, Shawn Baxley, was ticketed by police for traveling too fast for road conditions.

The semi was leaking calcium carbide, a hazardous material that can become flammable when combined with water, but crews quickly contained the spill.

All southbound and northbound lanes were shut down briefly, but two lanes reopened around 11 a.m. All lanes were reopened by 1:30 p.m.

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