Snow causes slick roads, numerous crashes in central Indiana
Slick roads caused significant problems on central Indiana roads all day Thursday, including the Indianapolis metro area.
One person died in a crash involving a large truck and passenger cars on I-70 westbound in Hancock County at the 99 mile marker. That crash shut down traffic in both directions for well over an hour, although eastbound lanes were moving again by 1:00 pm.
A multi-car crash closed the westbound lanes of I-465 near Emerson Ave. at 5:00 pm. That closure was expected to last until 7:00 pm.
Indy Snow Force says its drivers will be out in full force to salt and plow the roads Thursday evening.
More snow is expected later Thursday evening into early Friday morning. A full shift of drivers will report at 11:00 pm. The city says its crews will salt the roads and bridges with Clear Lane, a salt treated with magnesium chloride. This helps create a barrier between the pavement and snow to prevent ice from forming beneath the snow.
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Indianapolis Subdistrict said it had 50 trucks plowing and treating area interstates, U.S. highways and state routes. Crews are working 12-hour shifts.
Drivers are being reminded to slow down especially when snow is falling quickly and winds are blowing. INDOT and Indy Snow Force say crashes and traffic backups prevent their trucks from plowing and salting.
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