This morning Indianapolis commuters on I-65 faced snowfall and wind gusts of up to 30 mph. While most made it to their destinations without incident, many minor accidents and slide-offs were reported. The road conditions were also a contributing factor in three separate commercial truck accidents.
Indiana State Police Lt. Jay Janke described the conditions as “horrible”.
Indianapolis State Police from the Lowell Post reported responding to more than 35 calls from Thursday night through this morning. The accidents occurred in Indiana towns from Benton, Boone, Carroll, Clinton, Jasper, Lafayette, Marion, Tippecanoe, and White. Three of those accidents involved personal injuries.
Two jackknifed semi trucks in two separate accidents caused I-65 lane closures in Boone County near the I-865 interchange and near 71st Street.
A third commercial vehicle crash involved a tractor trailer and a state highway truck on U.S. 52, south of Lafayette.
A spokesman for the Indiana Department of Transportation said that there were close to 100 INDOT plow trucks out on Marion County highways and across the broader metro area.
According to the National Weather Service in Indianapolis, the conditions are expected to improve tonight.
The Indiana State Police offer the following safety tips:
• Make sure your travel is necessary, then check the forecast
• Assure your vehicle has a full tank of fuel
• Carry a winter driving kit that should include blankets, flashlight, extra batteries, a brightly colored cloth, sand (or cat litter), shovel, candle, matches, non-perishable high-calorie food, first aid kit, and jumper cables.
• Have a cell phone and charger cord available.
• Slow down on snow/ice covered roads.
• Allow extra time to arrive at your destination.
• Clear all vehicle windows of ice and snow.
• Use extra caution when driving across bridges, underpasses, shaded areas and intersections where ice is slow to melt.
• Avoid abrupt stops and starts. Slow down gradually.
If you become stranded:
• Don’t leave your car. It’s the best protection you have.
• Tie a brightly colored cloth to your antenna.
• Roll down your window a small amount to allow fresh air in your vehicle.
• Keep the exhaust pipe free of blockage to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
• Don’t panic. An idling car uses approximately one gallon of gas per hour.
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