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February 2, 2011

NEW: Indiana State Police issue update on road conditions, accidents

TERRE HAUTE — Currently, all U.S. and state roadways in the Putnamville District are open and traffic flows are light. Interstate 70 from the Illinois state line to the Putnam/Hendricks county line is operating normal with no delays. Roadway surfaces are ice and snow covered. Travel is discouraged unless it is an emergency. Power outages and fallen trees over power lines and onto roadways continue to cause problems within the district. The Putnamville District is Parke, Vermillion, Vigo, Clay, Putnam and Sullivan counties.

Strong winds and decreasing temperatures can be a deadly combination should you become stranded along the roadway. If travel is necessary, State Police encourage motorists to have a full tank of fuel and to ensure their vehicle is in good mechanical condition. Motorists should have with them a fully charged cell phone, high energy food, blankets, matches, candles and extra clothing. They also should inform family members of their expected travel route.

Overnight and into midmorning today, troopers responded to four slideoffs and two crashes, all in Putnam County and all on I-70. One crash was a “jackknifed” semi near the 43 mile marker eastbound and the second crash was just west of the 43mm involving a Putnam County Sheriff's Deputy’s vehicle being struck by a tractor trailer. The deputy, John Chadd, was stationary in the eastbound lanes west of the crash scene with his emergency lights activated. Chadd was attempting to slow traffic for the troopers working the initial crash when his vehicle was struck in the rear by a tractor-trailer combination. Deputy Chadd was transported to Putnam County Hospital with injuries believed to be non-life threatening. Both crashes were around 10:15 p.m. Tuesday and investigated by ISP Trooper Adam Edwards.

Motorists are reminded to slow down and use extra caution when approaching emergency vehicles.

Residents are asked not call law enforcement dispatch centers for road and weather information. They can call toll free , 1-800-261-7623 or visit www.trafficwise.in.gov for up to date information.

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