INDIANAPOLIS, Ind--The icy and wet weather of Friday night led to massive backups and disabled vehicles on Indiana highways. On city roads the Department of Public Works said the roadways were “slick” yet “drivable”.
Originally DPW said they had only around a dozen or so plows and de-icers out on the roads. Once the weather hit, spokesperson Jennifer Hashem said there were closer to fifty plows on city roadways. On Saturday night Hashem said the number of plows on roadways is expected to be more than eighty.
“We’re just expecting to make sure our roadways stay safe, and that’s our top priority” Hashem said.
The changing forecast has also meant a sharp increase in work for tow truck companies. Companies like Wheeler Towing said their phones have been constantly ringing with calls about disabled vehicles and slide offs.
“And when they call in, the state police won’t call in with just one car it would be multiple cars. “ Dispatcher Billie Frye said.
On Saturday afternoon, Frye says her company has gotten more than 60 calls about cars stranded on the highways stemming from late Friday night. She says those calls have also been coupled with dozens of other calls from drivers needing roadside assistance city wide.
“We had one tow truck driver last night, who was hit, and they (the driver) tried taking off and running so we went ahead and towed that car” Frye said.
DPW says a new shift of plows and trucks are expected to hit the road at 11 o’clock Saturday night. According to Hashem, that crew will be on a 12 hour shift through Sunday morning.
Hashem says it’s important for drivers to remember the priority for the plows and de-icer’s will be to take care of the main thoroughfare roads first. Secondary and side streets will be handled after.