Tribune staff reports

Firefighters from several fire departments responded to a report of a semitrailer fire and a multivehicle crash Monday afternoon on Interstate 65 near Uniontown.

The fire, reported about 2:30 p.m., engulfed a semitrailer carrying 40,000 pounds of peanut butter about five miles south of Seymour. There also were several other vehicles involved in the crash in the area, according to police reports.

Senior Trooper Tommy Walker said there were no injuries in the fire. There was a separate, four-vehicle wreck at the same time. No information about injuries in the crash was available at press time.

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Police began rerouting northbound traffic off the interstate at the Uniontown exit onto U.S. 31 and then north toward Seymour shortly before 3 p.m.

The semitrailer was in the northbound lanes of the interstate near the County Road 50N overpass in Vernon Township. The fire also reportedly spread from the semitrailer to a wooded area between the interstate and County Road 1240E.

The Indiana State Police asked motorists traveling north on the interstate to avoid the Uniontown area for three to four hours because of the situation.

Northbound traffic was down to one lane of traffic as firefighters from area departments responded.