Officials deal with hundreds of crashes as snow falls in central Indiana
The roads turned messy Tuesday across central Indiana, resulting in hundreds of crashes as snow fell across the Indianapolis Metropolitan area.
Indy Snow Force said it deployed 70 snow plow drivers starting at 11 a.m. to clear main roads and secondary streets around Indianapolis. Drivers will return again at 11 p.m. to plow and salt as needed.
Indiana State Police said troopers responded to 117 crashes in the Indianapolis area starting at 6 a.m. Tuesday; 16 of those crashes involved injuries. In addition, police said there were 18 slide-offs. They expected those numbers to grow throughout the day.
Marion County dispatch says since 6 a.m., they’ve seen 382 crashes, 43 with injury. They have taken more than 1,300 911 calls.
Here’s a look at some of the issues we saw on the roads this morning:
In Johnson County, a school bus was involved in a crash near County Line Road and Morgantown Road. Dispatchers said children were on the bus but weren’t injured. Investigators said the bus was turning and a pickup truck couldn’t stop in time.
A couple of crashes slowed traffic on westbound I-70. The right lane of westbound 70 was closed near State Road 243. Near State Road 231, all lanes of westbound I-70 were closed.
The ramp for I-74 was closed near I-465 on the west side due to a stalled truck.
On northbound I-65, the right lane was closed because of a crash. Two lanes of southbound I-65 was closed near Lafayette Road. The left two lanes of I-65 northbound were closed near Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street.
Problems were also reported on the east and southeast side. The left lane of eastbound I-70 was closed near I-465 because of a crash. The left lane of eastbound I-465 near I-74 and Southeastern Avenue was also closed.
All lanes of westbound I-70 in Hancock County were temporarily closed near State Road 9 because of a crash, according to INDOT.
Troopers in Putnamville responded to 14 slide-offs, 11 property damage crashes and 8 personal injury crashes. Some drivers were cited for going too fast under the conditions.
The Wayne Township Fire Department, Decatur Township Fire Department and IMPD were working a crash involving five cars at I-70 and Holt Road.
By about 10:50 a.m., most of those crashes had cleared, but Indiana State Police and INDOT were still monitoring road conditions and it was still slow going on area interstates.