Four semis crashed in a chain-reaction accident on Interstate 65 just north of the Walesboro exit, blocking the northbound lanes for hours, but no serious injuries were reported.

The accident happened at about 10:45 a.m. Monday as the semis were heading northbound in rainy conditions on the interstate, Columbus police said.

Two semis collided initially, causing two semis behind them to slow to avoid the accident, who then crashed into each other, police said. One of those semis in the second accident hit one of the semis involved in the first accident, police said.

The interstate reopened in the early afternoon after an extensive cleanup involving multiple wreckers and sand being placed on the interstate to absorb oil and fuel spills, police said.

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Wreckers traveled south from Columbus on the I-65 northbound traffic lanes to reach the accident scene because of the backups caused from the accident. Northbound traffic was diverted at the Walesboro exit to U.S. 31 and north into Columbus to avoid the blocked interstate.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.