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I-65 back open after early morning semi crash

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SOUTHERN INDIANA (WAVE) - I-65 Northbound is back open in southern Indiana, after a semi crash that closed the highway when it rolled off the road into some trees and spilled its contents and diesel fuel onto the road.

It took place around 4:00 am, when the driver somehow lost control at mile marker 11.5. 

As a result, police closed the northbound lanes of the interstate at the Sellersburg exit, mile marker 9.  The left lane reopened at 7:45, the other lanes were expected to open back up by 8:30 am, but could have limited lane access as debris and diesel clean-up continues.

The driver was taken to University Hospital in unknown condition, but is not expected to have life-threatening injuries.

At this time, it isn't clear what caused the semi to overturn or how the driver lost control.  The driver did strike an abandoned vehicle that was parked in the shoulder of the interstate.  The tractor trailer slid down into a ditch, clipping several large trees.

Emergency responders had to be extra cautious, as a few of the huge trees were actually hanging over them, largely appearing to be held up by the semi.

Crews used to chain saws to cut off the big branches so they could tackle the main problem of removing the semi.

The semi was carrying cardboard products, which posed no environmental damage; however, the diesel spill posed a threat and also slowed the clean-up process.

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