NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Interstate 65 was shut down for hours Thursday night due to a fiery, multi-vehicle crash in Madison.
It happened in the northbound lanes around 6:30 p.m. just north of Old Hickory Boulevard.
One vehicle rear-ended another, causing it to rear-end a semi which then slammed into another car.
The semi, which was carrying carpet, caught fire.
The vehicle that started the chain reaction crash fled the scene.
Two people were injured and transported to local hospitals. Officials told News 2 they suffered non-life threatening injuries.
At the time of the crash, the fire engulfed both sides of the interstate, according to TDOT spokesperson Heather Jensen. Smoke could be seen for some distance.
Traffic in northbound lanes was backed up for over four miles until the right lanes were opened around 10 p.m. The left northbound lanes opened just after 4 a.m. Friday.
Southbound lanes were closed for over an hour until authorities slowly let drivers make their way through. It caused traffic delays for over 2.5 miles at the time.