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ISP troopers busy during snow event

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During the weather event on Friday, Dec. 16, troopers headquartered at the Indiana State Police’s Lowell post responded to numerous calls for service on I-80/94 and I-65.

Troopers responded to a total of 72 calls: 28 for motorist assists (flat tires, out of fuel, etc.); 22 slide-offs (no crash report); 16 property-damage crashes; and six personal-injury crashes. None of the injury crashes involved fatalities.

Across the state troopers responded to the following over the 24-hour period 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, and 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16: 442 property-damage crashes; 77 personal-injury crashes; two separate fatal crashes, both in Marion County, with one death at each scene; 206 slide-offs; and 258 motorist assists.

Over the course of 24 hours seven ISP police vehicles were also struck but no troopers injured.

“The Indiana State Police would like to remind drivers to drive defensively during winter weather events,” the ISP said. “Oftentimes bridge decks freeze first, followed by open areas. Use extra caution when approaching these areas.”

“Motorists should also leave increased stopping distances between vehicles, reduce normal traveling speeds, slowing down for emergency vehicles and emergency lighting and if travel is deemed necessary, to plan accordingly by leaving earlier and allowing extra travel time to reach your destination safely,” the ISP added. “Travelers are also encouraged to ensure you have adequate fuel, blankets, food, water, emergency flares and a cell phone charger just to name a few items of importance.”

Travelers can obtain current local and state road and weather conditions by calling the INDOT road conditions phone line at (800)261-7623 or by going online at and

“These provide real-time traffic and road conditions and are very helpful and easy to use,” the ISP said. “If you have an emergency call 911.”



Posted 12/19/2016




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