Chemical Spill Closes Stretch of I-65 Near Gary

A 17-mile stretch of Interstate 65 was closed while Hazmat crews cleaned up a chemical spill on Thursday.

Indiana State Police say a semi carrying 40,000 pounds of sodium hydrosulfite started leaking Thursday morning at a truck stop.

Some of the chemical mixed with rainwater and turned into a gas, creating a heavy fog.

Five people were hospitalized and complaining of breathing problems.

Sodium hydrosulfite is a flammable solid, which can ignite if it comes in contact with moisture.

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