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.
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
* 17 personal
* 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.”