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December 26, 2012

Indiana State Police weather update and advisory

Multiple slide-offs and crashes reported in Valley

TERRE HAUTE — Updated 12:10 p.m.:

Indiana State Police troopers have been busy working multiple slide-offs and crashes, mostly on Interstate 70 from the Illinois line to the Morgan/Hendricks County line—or the 0- to 58-mile markers.

As of 11:55 a.m., troopers from the Putnamville Post have worked 29 slide-offs, mostly in Vigo, Clay, and Putnam counties. Troopers have worked six crashes on I-70 with two currently slowing traffic at the 28 and 35 mile markers.

Three crashes have occurred in Putnam County, one in Clay County, and two in Vigo County. The crash at the 28-mile marker in Clay County involves an overturned pickup with an elderly woman trapped inside with what is believed to be minor injuries.

Troopers have also transported five different families to hotels from I-70. In one instance, a mother and three children and in another, two adults and three pets.

Interstate 70 is open and drivers should use extreme caution.

ISP reminds motorists to slow down, travel only when necessary, and yield to emergency workers.

Updated 11:25 a.m.:

As of 11 a.m., there had been 29 slideoffs in the Putnamville District, most of them on I-70, according to Sgt. Joe Watts of Indiana State Police. ISP also worked two crashes, with no injuries reported. In four cases where cars were damaged, families chose to go to hotels, rather than continue driving.

People are urged not to drive unless absolutely necessary, Watts said. In those cases where it is necessary, they need to slow down for the weather conditions.

All roads in the Putnamville District are snow covered and hazardous.

As of 9:45 a.m., Owen County declared a snow emergency and only travel by emergency personnel is permitted.

ISP is working a 40- to 50-car standstill on Indiana 37 in the southbound lane at the Morgan/Monroe County line. This is not a crash, however traffic will not be able to move until crews have cleared the roadway, which may take up to two hours.

Although roads in Monroe County are open, motorists should use caution and be prepared to stop or make a lane change when crews are at work. The Indiana State Police Bloomington District includes Monroe, Owen, Greene, Brown, Lawrence and Morgan Counties.

At around 8:30 a.m., troopers were working multiple slide-offs on Interstate 70, Indiana 63 in northern Vigo and southern Vermillion counties and Indiana 42 in Clay County. State Police were working one accident on I-70 near the 10-mile marker. No injuries were reported.

Currently, road conditions throughout the Indiana State Police Bloomington District are snow covered, slick and hazardous.

Motorists should only travel if necessary.

Please keep these tips in mind:

• Do not call city, county or state police to check on road conditions – police agencies across the state want to keep phone lines open for emergency phone calls.

• For up-to-date weather information the best source is your favorite TV or radio station or check the National Weather Service at www.crh.noaa.gov/ind/.

• Visit www.TrafficWise.IN.gov or dial toll-free 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) for updated Indiana travel information, including road conditions, road closures, construction information, crashes and other traffic alerts.

• If you must drive during any period of the storm a fully charged and functioning cell phone is your best friend.

• If involved in a crash and no one is injured and the involved vehicles are still drivable, move to a safe area to exchange names, vehicle and license plate information, along with driver license number and insurance agent name and phone number with the other driver.

• During severe weather conditions law enforcement will be busy responding to emergency calls and will not be able to take reports of crashes where there is only damage to property.

• Vehicles left abandoned along interstate and state road right-of-ways are subject to immediate removal during inclement weather events.

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