A hazardous-materials leak forced the closure for nearly 12 hours of
northbound I-65 Saturday, the Indiana State Police said.
According to police, at 4:35 a.m. trucker Dennis A. Rheiner, 61, of
Jonesborough, Tenn., was northbound on I-65, north of the I-80/94 ramp, when
a car cut him off, causing Rheiner to lose control of his semi-tractor
tanker on the snow-covered road surface. The tanker--carrying 6,935 gallons
of placarded hexanes, a colorless flammable liquid derived from the
distillation of petroleum and used as a solvent--flipped onto its passenger
side, police said, and a small leak in the tank was subsequently found.
Rheiner was not injured and his trucking firm, Transport Service Company of
Oak Brook, Ill., dispatched a second tanker to offload the hexanes, police
That second tanker, however, was struck by another vehicle after it arrived
at the scene. According to police, Tyrone Lashaun Hardin, 35, of Gary, was
in the left lane when he came around the curve portion of the road, began to
slide, and struck the rear of the second--and still--empty trailer.
The tankerís driver, Anthony C. Smith, 51, of Chicago, was standing in front
of his rig at the time, talking to a Hoosier Helper, and was not injured.
Hardin, wearing his seatbelt, was treated and released at the scene.
The second tanker itself sustained minimal damage and was used to offload
the hexanes, police said.
But--until 4:07 p.m.--all lanes of northbound I-65 were diverted to