State police responded to hundreds of crashes, including 2 fatal ones, during ice storm


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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Indiana State police say there were two fatal crashes in Marion County as icy conditions gripped roads and interstates Friday night into Saturday afternoon.

According to ISP, troopers responded to more than 380 property damage crashes from 10 p.m. Friday to 2 p.m. Saturday. Sixty of those crashes involved injuries and two were fatal, state police said.

In addition, state police reported more than 150 slide-offs and provided help to an additional 150 drivers.

State police urged drivers to stay home Saturday night unless travel was absolutely necessary.

ISP, other agencies and emergency responders will continue to respond to medical emergencies, crashes and other incidents throughout central Indiana over the next 12 to 24 hours with a Winter Weather Advisory in place for much of the state until noon Sunday.

Indiana State Police said if you’re involved in a crash and vehicles are still drivable, state law requires vehicles to be moved to a safe area off the road. Drivers can then exchange insurance information and get pictures for insurance purposes.

State police also remind drivers to take precautions if they’re driving in winter weather. Make sure:

  • Your vehicle is in good mechanical condition
  • Your vehicle has a full tank of fuel
  • You have a charged cell phone and are capable of keeping it charged in your vehicle
  • You inform friends and family of your route of travel and expected arrival time and keep them informed if you are delayed

You should have an emergency kit in your car including the following items:

  • Non-perishable food items
  • A candle, matches or lighter
  • Shovel and abrasives such as driveway salt or sand
  • Extra clothing and blanket or sleeping bag
  • Emergency road side triangles, fuses or other emergency lighting device

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