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Fiery truck crash, train v. car crash bring traffic issues

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Fiery wreckage from Outer Loop crash that involved a semi truck Tuesday.  Brandon Lopez photo to WDRB News Facebook page. Fiery wreckage from Outer Loop crash that involved a semi truck Tuesday. Brandon Lopez photo to WDRB News Facebook page.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say a fiery crash involving a semi-truck and a car sends three people to the hospital.  A separate crash involving a car and a train sent another person to the hospital.  Both happened in the 7 p.m. hour Tuesday.

First, the fiery crash on the Outer Loop near Jefferson Blvd., involved a semi-truck attempting a right turn, LMPD police spokesperson Alicia Smiley said.  Another car tried to pass the truck on the right during that turn; the car punctured the truck's gas tank, leading to the fire, Smiley said.

Three people from the car were taken to University of Louisville Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  Two people in the truck were not hurt, Smiley said.

The fire and resulting cleanup closed the Outer Loop in both directions.  The road was expected to be closed past 10 p.m. EST Tuesday.

Pictures showed the burned wreckage.  It was not clear if the wreck damaged the pavement.

The second incident involved a Norfolk-Southern freight train striking a car on the tracks near Stone Lakes Drive and Taylorsville Road in far eastern Louisville.

The train struck the car as its driver attempted to turn around on the track, Smiley said.  The driver apparently had become lost in the area.  Medics took the driver to University of Louisville Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Smiley said.  No one else was hurt.

Police had not filed any charges in either incident Tuesday evening, and were not likely to do so, Smiley said.   

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