Icy roads cause nearly 300 crashes on Indy highways, leaving 3 dead over weekend

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- We’re getting a better idea of the problems caused by this weekend’s harsh weather.

According to the Indiana State Police, between 8 p.m. Friday night and 11 a.m. Sunday morning, there were 290 crashes along Indianapolis area highways.

On Monday, ISP reported three of those crashes were fatal, and 31 left people injured. Police say the third fatality was a passenger who was ejected from a vehicle and died at a local hospital.

“We knew that we were going to get some freezing rain, but we’ve never seen anything like that,” ISP Sgt. John Perrine said.

Friday’s flurry of freezing rain turned interstates into ice rinks, which made it difficult for INDOT to respond. In a statement sent Monday afternoon, an INDOT spokesperson said:

“The key factors in the storm that hit central Indiana Friday night into Saturday were pavement temperatures that remained well below freezing, requiring salt to work harder at melting, and persistent light rain that diluted the pre-treatment from Thursday and Friday.”

ISP says there were more than 100 slide-offs, and 259 cars had to be towed.

Perrine says the weekend was like nothing they’ve ever seen before.

“People were left to take desperate measure, to leave their vehicle and walk somewhere or catch a ride somewhere. We understand that, the right thing to do is to do what they’ve done,” said Sgt. John Perrine.

Perrine says it was possible that some drivers whose cars were towed would hadn’t been notified by Monday afternoon.  Drivers who were towed will have to pay fees to get their vehicle released. Those fees can range anywhere from $100 to well over $200.

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