I-65 semi fire leads to driver being charged

Semi crash & fire: Driver charged with DUI

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Officials with MetroSafe say Interstate 65 has reopened after an overturned semi caught fire. The semi driver was also charged and arrested after this crash at Hospital Curve around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. 

Northbound and Southbound lanes in that area of the interstate were closed overnight while crews cleared the scene.

Officials say the semi was transporting plastic when it caught fire. According to the police report, the semi-tractor trailer burned down to its frame.

In the police report, the driver stated he was traveling south on I-65 and the next thing he knew he had tipped over. Officers located three unopened 12-ounce silver cans once the fire was extinguished. Also in the police report, an officer stated they could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the operator's breath and a field sobriety test was conducted. 

Brad Vandeventer, 59, is charged with operating a vehicle under the influence. He is being held on a $10,000 cash bond.

No injuries have been reported.

Police opened I-65 North shortly after 9:30 p.m. and I-65 South around 4 a.m. Wednesday morning.

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