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[ISP] Late Afternoon Snow Hampers Evening Traffic
Start Date: 2/4/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 2/4/2014
Entry Description
Indianapolis, IN- A late afternoon snow hampered the evening commute for travelers as the Indiana State Police answered numerous calls for service throughout the Indianapolis District. The Indianapolis District is comprised of Marion, Johnson, Shelby, Hendricks, Hancock, Hamilton and Boone counties.

Beginning this afternoon at 3:00 p.m. until this evening at 9:00 p.m., troopers responded to 2 personal injury and 25 property damage crashes. Troopers assisted with 21 reported slide off’s that did not result in any damage. Trooper’s also responded to 101 calls for service during this time period that were not weather related.

Neither of the personal injury crashes was serious and no life threatening injuries were reported.

Indianapolis State Police Radio Operators reported motorists seemed to be paying heed to the advice to slow down and allow extra travel distance between vehicles as there were only two incidents that closed interstate ramps. I-465 SB ramp to I-74 on the east side was closed for approximately an hour to allow for the removal of a jack knifed semi tractor trailer. The ramp from I-465 to US 31 on the north side was closed for approximately 20 minutes to allow INDOT to apply salt as vehicles were unable to negotiate the slick ramp causing vehicles to block the roadway.

An Indiana State Police web page dedicated to the current winter storm is available at http://www.in.gov/isp/3099.htm. Information will be updated continually throughout the duration of the storm.

To keep travelers safe during the winter season the Indiana State Police offers the following tips.

Be prepared:
Ø Before traveling, check the forecast and let someone know your travel route
Ø Keep your gas tank at least half-full
Ø Carry a winter driving kit that should include blankets, flashlight, extra batteries, a brightly colored cloth, sand (or kitty litter), shovel, candle, matches, non-perishable high calorie food, first aid kit, and jumper cables
Ø Have a cell phone and charger cord
Ø Slow down on snow/ice covered roads
Ø Allow extra time to arrive at your destination
Ø Clear all vehicle windows of ice and snow. Remove snow from hood, roof and lights.
Ø Use extra caution when driving across bridges, underpasses, shaded areas and intersections where ice is slow to melt
Ø Avoid abrupt stops and starts. Slow down gradually.

Should you become stranded:
Ø Don’t leave your car. It’s the best protection you have.
Ø Tie a brightly colored cloth to your antenna
Ø Roll down your window a small amount to allow fresh air in your vehicle
Ø Keep exhaust pipe free of blockage to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning
Ø Don’t panic. An idling car uses approximately one gallon of gas per hour

For Indiana road conditions call 1-800-261-7623, or visit the Indiana Department of Transportation website at www.trafficwise.in.gov. In partnership with the Governor’s office, Indiana Department of Transportation, Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Indiana Department of Education and the Red Cross more information can be found at the following website
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php?wfo=ind&storyid=59664&source=0

Contact Information:
Name: Sgt. Rich Myers
Phone: 317-899-8577
Email: rmyers@isp.in.gov
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