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I-94 Shut Down in Both Directions in NW Indiana for Massive Semi Fire

Interstate 94 was shut down in both directions and residents were being evacuated Wednesday in Porter County, Indiana as a massive semi fire prompted a hazmat situation.

Indiana State Police said a semi tanker crashed just after 5 a.m. near SR-249, shutting down the roadway from U.S. 20 to Ripley. 

No injuries were initially reported but police said a corrosive material was inside the tanker. Further details on what that material was were immediately clear. 

Authorities were evacuating the area within a half-mile radius.

The interstate was expected to be closed for more than an hour, authorities said. Just before 7 a.m., however, eastbound lanes began reopening. 

Check back for details on this developing story.

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