Not a TV commercial: An Indiana State
Police unmarked police pick-up tows a semi and trailer up an incline on I-70
near Indianapolis Tuesday. (Indiana State Police photo)
Indiana State Police troopers in the Lowell District--comprised of Porter,
Lake, LaPorte, Newton, Jasper, Pulaski and Starke counties--were busy on
Tuesday responding to numerous crashes, slide-offs and spin outs.
“Extreme icy conditions persist on all roads due to the subzero
temperatures,” the ISP said. “And because of the cold temperatures we also
have the formation of black ice. This phenomenon occurs every year with the
winter weather yet some motorists forget this fact and don’t change their
Black ice causes moisture to freeze rapidly, creating a thin, transparent
layer of ice on the roadway. It’s dangerous because it’s difficult to detect
and may catch drivers off guard.
Bridges, overpasses, underpasses, and ramps can be all be treacherous as
Road salt, moreover, is less effective in these subzero temperatures, and
icy roads should be expected throughout Northwest Indiana until the
temperatures moderate, probably today, and conditions become more favorable
for chemical melting agents and plows.
Motorists who must travel should proceed slowly, the ISP said. “The
majority of (Tuesday’s) calls for service were due to drivers traveling too
fast for road conditions.”
For the latest information from the ISP, visit its new webpage dedicated to
the snow storm at