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Semi driver airlifted, two others taken to hospitals after I-65 crash

Debris fills the northbound lanes of Interstate 65 just south of the Remington exit Monday afternoon after a semi pulling a tanker rear-ended a semi hauling a load of plastic trays.

A semi driver was flown to an Illinois hospital and two other people were hurt in a two-semi crash Monday on Interstate 65 that also caused a tanker filled with liquid fertilizer to begin leaking, police said.

A 2006 Peterbilt driver by a 28-year-old Joliet man was in the right lane of I-65, about a half mile south of the Remington exit, about 4:15 p.m. Monday when another semi hit the back of the Peterbilt's trailer, according to Indiana State Police.

The other semi, a 2017 Kenworth, was pulling a tanker loaded with liquid fertilizer. The tanker developed a slow leak that was contained by emergency workers, police said.

The Kenworth's driver, a 62-year-old Petersburg, Indiana, man, was flown from the scene to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

The Peterbilt's driver and a passenger were taken to Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer, police said.

The crash spilled the Peterbilt's load of plastic trays across both northbound lanes of I-65.

All northbound lanes were closed until 9:45 p.m. for cleanup after the crash, and additional closures in one lane continued through the night.

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