Hazmat fire closes southbound lanes of I-65

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ROSELAWN, Ind. — A tractor-trailer fire has closed the southbound lanes of Interstate 65 at the 223 mile marker, which is about seven miles south of Roselawn, Ind.

Indiana State Police say the tractor trailer is owned by R & L Transfer Inc. in Wilmington, Ohio, and was driven by Darius Lofton, 27, of Chicago.

Police say Lofton sustained a brake fire to the rear trailer. He pulled over to the right shoulder, but his attempts to put out the fire were unsuccessful. He then unhitched the trailer from the front trailer and pulled forward.  The trailer then caught fire.

The trailer was loaded with  55 gallon barrels of sodium hydroxide and phosphonium chloride, causing a hazmat situation.

All lanes of I-65 were initially shut down due to the fire; however, northbound lanes have reopened and southbound traffic is being diverted at State Road 10.

The southbound lanes of I-65 will remain closed for several hours for hazardous material cleanup.

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