Semi Hauling Batteries Bursts Into Flames On I-75

A semi fire has closed the northbound lanes of I-75 in Grant County, near the Scott County line, for most of the day. The semi, carrying industrial size batteries, burst into flames at mile marker 144, the Corinth exit. Police say it slammed into the median and burst into flames. The driver received minor injuries. Police have not identified what caused the driver to lose control.

Haz-mat crews have been on the scene shortly after the accident happened at 6am. Fire officials say it will be well into the afternoon or evening before the road is back open. The fire leaked corrosive material on the road, creating a major cleanup.

Traffic is being allowed on the off-ramp at exit 144, and then back onto the interstate at that location, but that's taking traffic down to one lane, creating a backup that stretches for miles. There's also road construction near the scene, creating even more delays for drivers.

UPDATE: Police now tell 27 NEWSFIRST the interstate won't be back open to traffic until Friday morning due to the delay in cleaning up the scene and removing the debris. Drivers who have made the trip to Cincinnati from Lexington say it took them an extra 2 1/2 to 3 hours due to the backup on the interstate.

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