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State Police: Snowstorm made holiday travel dicey

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This past weekend's Christmas Eve winter storm resulted in numerous crashes and calls for service over the course of the entire Christmas weekend for Indiana State Police troopers working headquartered at the Lowell post.

The following statistics were compiled from 7 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 24, through, 10 p.m. Monday, Dec. 25, and include only calls for service on I-80/94 and I-65. There were also numerous other crashes and slide-offs on roads where local jurisdictions were called to assist, but those numbers aren't included.

* 68 property damage crashes.

* 17 personal injury crashes.

* 44 slide-offs requiring tow-truck assistance.

* 32 assists to motorists (fuel, flat tires, etc.).

In addition, there was a nine-car pileup in the southbound lanes of I-65 in Jasper County, but no injuries reported.

“Many of these crashes could have been prevented had motorists slowed down or reduced their following distances between vehicles,” police said. “With the forecast of sub-zero wind chills this week, motorists are encouraged to pack survival supplies when traveling in case of emergencies. Blankets, extra clothes, cell phone charger, food, water, flashlight, and emergency flares/fuses are just a few items to consider packing.”


Posted 12/27/2017





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