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October 27, 2012

10:09 EVENING UPDATE: I65 lanes closed after truck chemical spill

GLASGOW — 10:10 p.m.: 

The Kentucky State Police released a statement about the tractor trailer fire on I65 between Cave City and Munfordville. 

On Saturday, Kentucky State Police responded to I65 south regarding a commercial motor vehicle that had pulled off the right hand shoulder of the roadway with the trailer on fire.

Jarvis M. Washington, 26, of Madison, Tenn., advised that his trailer had a tire malfunction, causing a spark that ignited his trailer which was carrying hazardous materials, according to a release by the KSP Post in Bowling Green. Washington was able to disengage the tractor from the trailer. 

The investigation is still ongoing and is being conducted by Trooper Joel Huff. Huff was assisted on scene by Troopers Ronnie Reynolds and Jonathan Biven; Horse Cave, Park City and Cave City Fire Departments; Hart County, Barren County, and Kentucky Emergency Management; and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC).

The lanes of traffic were closed for about 10 hours, the KSP stated in their release.

The northbound lanes were opened at 12:30 p.m., according to a KYTC release, but as of the latest update at 3:45 p.m., the southbound lanes were still closed.

1:30 p.m.:

A tractor trailer with a “mixed load of cargo,” according to Hazmat officials, caught on fire on I-65 Saturday morning.

A truck carrying sodium hydroxide and chemicals for cleaning products, along with one used in epoxy hardener burst into flame while driving northbound on the interstate at about 7:30 a.m.

North and southbound lanes of I-65 between Cave City and Munfordville near the Barren County line were closed after crews arrived and northbound traffic was directed off the interstate at the Cave City exit, according to a release by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Traffic is still being directed on to the interstate at the Munfordville exit. Southbound traffic is being detoured off at Munfordville and back on at Cave City using U.S. 31W and 31E, the release stated.

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