gradient
goingon
TODAY IS Saturday November 17th
Wednesday Morning Firey Crash Closes I-65
Thursday Jan 11, 2018 1:14am
Jackson County, IN

Wednesday morning, shortly after 4:30 am, the Indiana State Police responded to a personal injury crash on I-65 Southbound near the 43 mile marker. As a result of the crash, a hazardous material spill and tractor trailer fire led to lanes of I-65 being closed for nearly seventeen hours.

The initial investigation by Trooper Korry Clark indicated that traffic was slowed in the area due to a previous crash that occurred on I-65 southbound near the 41 mile marker. A Covenant Transport 2017 Freightliner pulling a box trailer driven by Uche J. Okpeh, age 30, Jacksonville, Florida was traveling in the right lane of I-65, approaching the stopped traffic at the 43 mile marker. Okpeh’s vehicle struck the rear of a Land of Trucks Inc 2012 Freightliner pulling a box trailer driven by Vitali Kriuchkov, age 34, Orlando, Florida that was stopped in the right lane. The collision forced Kriuchkov’s vehicle into the rear of a Celadon Trucking Services 2015 Kenworth pulling a box trailer driven by Bobby L. Brand, age 46, Gadsen, Alabama. A passenger in Okpeh’s vehicle, Senesie Kuyateh, age 39, Jacksonville, Florida was injured in the collision. He was transported to Scott Memorial Hospital in Scottsburg, Indiana with injuries not believed to be life threatening. None of the drivers were injured in the collision.

Okpeh’s vehicle was hauling hazardous chemicals when the crash occurred. Some of the chemicals were believed to be a non-flammable gas, a corrosive liquid (weed killer), a caustic acid, an oxidizing solid (dantobrom), and a corrosive liquid (glutaradehyde). As a result of the collision, some of the containers in the trailer were ruptured, causing the chemicals to spill inside the trailer and onto the road. HazMat teams were called to the scene to begin cleaning up the crash. All lanes of I-65 were closed due to the chemical spill. Kriuchkov’s vehicle and Brand’s vehicle were both removed from the scene.

At approximately 10:45 am, crews that were removing containers from Okpeh’s trailer observed smoke and a volatile reaction taking place inside the trailer as a result of some of the chemicals combining during the crash. The responders backed away from the vehicle. The northbound lanes of I-65 were then shut down. Officers went to homes within a half mile of the scene and warned residents of the situation. The tractor trailer ultimately caught fire around 12:00 pm and became fully engulfed. The vehicle burned until approximately 4:00 pm. As a result of the fire, a vehicle belonging to Indiana Spill Response was also destroyed.

After the fire was extinguished, crews began cleaning up the scene. The northbound lanes were opened at 4:00 pm. The southbound lanes remained closed until 9:00 pm. As a result of the fire, the asphalt on I-65 near the 43 mile marker was damaged. Crews were able to make temporary repairs to the roadway until the Indiana Department of Transportation can make permanent repairs.

During the road closure, traffic was diverted off of I-65 to US 31.

The investigation is ongoing. It is not known at this time if anyone will be charged or cited as a result of the incident.

The Indiana State Police was assisted by the Seymour Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Columbus Fire Department Hazmat Team, Vernon Township Fire Department, Jackson County EMS, Jackson County Emergency Management, Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Indiana Department of Transportation, 31 Wrecker Service, Indiana Spill Response, and the Salvation Army.

(11-16-2018) • Baby Box In Place in Hicksville; First in Ohio
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Hicksville, OH
(11-16-2018) • Northwest Ohio Woman Wins Crown
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Wauseon, OH
(11-16-2018) • Funds For Better Housing
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Bryan, OH
(11-16-2018) • Semi Truck Srivers Tips Rig in the Ditch
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Auburn, IN
(11-16-2018) • Steuben County Officials Approve $1.5 Million Loan to Ashley
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Ashley, IN
(11-16-2018) • Child Rescued From Grain Bin
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Albion, IN
(11-16-2018) • Kendallville Shooting Death Update
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Kendallville, IN
(11-16-2018) • Missing Indiana Woman Found Dead In Michigan
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Milton Township, MI
(11-15-2018) • Indiana Department of Education Releases School Accountability Grades
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Indianapolis, IN
(11-15-2018) • Study Shows Effects of Climate Change on Indiana Tourism
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Indianapolis, IN
(11-15-2018) • "Lean on Pete" is Trine's Last Overlooked Film
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Fabiani Theatre, Trine University • Angola, IN
(11-15-2018) • Winter Weather Makes for a Challenging Thursday
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: NE Indiana - SE Michigan - NW Ohio
(11-15-2018) • More on Oversized Load Struck by Train in Butler Wednesday
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Butler, IN
(11-15-2018) • Man Arrested on Indiana Toll Road on Meth Related Charges
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Howe, IN
(11-15-2018) • Arrest Made In Branch County Assault
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Kinderhook Township • Coldwater, MI
(11-15-2018) • Firearm Deer Season Begins Thursday In Michigan
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Lansing, MI
(11-15-2018) • Angola Angola Historic Preservation Schedules New Tour Date
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Angola, IN
(11-14-2018) • Small Fire At Angola Super-Store
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Angola, IN
(11-14-2018) • Train Strikes Semi Trailer Wednesday
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Butler, IN
(11-14-2018) • Area Hoosiers Deployed to Florida for Hurricane Michael Relief
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Auburn, IN
(11-14-2018) • MSD Board of School Trustees Finalize Master Contract Agreement
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Angola, IN
(11-14-2018) • Boys Injured on Pony Cart in Accident
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Harlan, IN
(11-14-2018) • Man Receives 24 Months for Assault
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Wauseon, OH
(11-14-2018) • Thieves Get Away From The Cops
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Defiance, OH
(11-14-2018) • Informational Meeting Set for SR 327 Projects
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Prairie Heights High School • Angola, IN
(11-14-2018) • Mayor's Arts and Humanities Award Recipient
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Angola, IN
(11-14-2018) • Trine's New School of Computing Helps Need for Skilled Technologists
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Trine University • Angola, IN
(11-14-2018) • Female Missing from Elkhart County
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Goshen, IN
(11-13-2018) • K-9 Officer Sniffs Out Large Amount of Marijuana
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Interstate 69; 333 Mile Marker • Waterloo, IN
(11-13-2018) • "The Aquifer" Update from Northwest Ohio
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Pioneeer, OH
(11-13-2018) • Chase Ends With Minor Injuries for Suspect
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Kendallville, IN
(11-13-2018) • Person Chargerd for Using A Weapon While Intoxicated
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Bryan, OH
(11-13-2018) • Pleasant Lake Historical Society
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Pleasant Lake, IN
(11-13-2018) • Trine Offers Events for International Education Week
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Trine University • Angola, IN
(11-13-2018) • State Asked to Protect Regional Aquifer in Indiana
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Indianapolis, IN
(11-13-2018) • Man Rolls Truck Near Stroh
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: LaGrange, IN
(11-13-2018) • Principals and Parents Meeting About Vaping
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Lakeland High School • LaGrange, IN
(11-12-2018) • Woman Injured on Weekend Icy Roads
LOCATION OF NEWS ITEM: Waterloo, IN






pfc

businesses