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Update, 9:20 p.m.: Indiana State Police say all lanes of I-65 have reopened in Jackson County after a semi crash and chemical fire had them closed for most of Wednesday.

A crash on Interstate 65 in IN led to the leak of hazardous chemicals, and police have said that first responders are facing an explosion risk. Witnesses told News 2 the semi crashed into a concrete barrier before bursting into flames.

A passenger in the rear semi was injured.

All lanes northbound and southbound of I-65 at mile marker 43 (near the crossing of State Road 250) are now closed. Further details on the crash weren't released.

One of the semis was hauling hazardous material, which led to the chemical fire. Traffic was being diverted off I-65 at exit 50.

Indiana Stata Police say the crash occurred about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday about 40 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky, when one of the semitrailers struck the rear of two others that were stopped for a previous crash.

At 3 p.m., police said the northbound lanes were back open but the southbound lanes would remain closed "for a lengthy time". As a precaution, officers went to homes within a half mile of the scene and warned residents of the situation. Police earlier were asking drivers to avoid the area and take alternate routes.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management is cleaning up the chemicals, WLFI-TV reported.

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