INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two people were killed on treacherous
roads and schools and businesses were closed as a storm that dumped ice
and as much as 10 inches of snow on much of Indiana stretched into its
second day Friday.
State police responded to numerous accidents Friday that shut down a
section of Interstate 70 west of Indianapolis and caused a late-morning
backup on Interstate 65 just south of the city, but no major injuries were
That was better news than Thursday night, when Mohammed A. Isse, 33, of
Chicago, died when his car was struck by a tractor-trailer whose driver
lost control of his truck near Richmond. At the other end of the state,
Karen Price, 51, of Brazil, Ind., died Thursday night in a multiple car
crash near Terre Haute.
State police continued to urge motorists to use caution when traveling or
to stay off roads entirely in southern Indiana, which received a second
round of ice and snow Friday afternoon.
The snowstorm hit Indianapolis at a busy time. Thousands of Ohio State and
Michigan State fans were descending on the city for two days of tailgating
leading up to Saturday night's Big Ten football championship game at Lucas
Randy Ackerman, 54, of Lima, Ohio, wasn't fazed by the snow and didn't
think it would affect turnout, at least not for Buckeyes fans.
"We're die-hards. We travel well," he said. "Heat or snow, we're there."
Crews worked to make sure travelers had clear paths, whether they were
heading to Indianapolis for the game or elsewhere in the state.
The state highway department said it had more than 600 trucks clearing and
Spokesman Harry Maginity said crews were able to keep most highways in
"It looks like pretty wet snow, which means it's probably not going to be
drifting," he said. "If we had a drier snow, then the rural highways would
be blowing shut."
The National Weather Service reported up to 10 inches of snow near
Vincennes and more than 7 inches around Bloomington. About 5 inches fell
near Columbus and Franklin, both along Interstate 65 south of
Indianapolis International Airport reported a handful of flight delays and
cancellations, primarily to Texas and the East Coast. But the bigger issue
for many travelers was deicing. Some passengers reported waiting more than
90 minutes on the tarmac for their planes to be deiced.
The storm was expected to leave behind frigid air with highs in the teens
and 20s over coming days.
The weather had some unexpected benefits for Chris Clifford, director of
operations for St. Elmo's Steakhouse in Indianapolis who was coordinating
a contest as part of the Big Ten championship.
About a dozen people were scheduled Saturday to see how many of the
restaurant's signature shrimp cocktails they could down.
With the predicted temperatures, "We don't have to ice the shrimp down,"