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Snowy road conditions cause traffic troubles

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Several inches of snow in central and southern Indiana has made driving treacherous on many roads, with two deaths reported from crashes since the storm's arrival. One of those deaths was not necessarily storm related. 

The National Weather Service reports more than 5 inches of snow early Friday in the Vincennes area, with almost 4 inches in Indianapolis.

State police say one of the traffic deaths happened late Thursday when a semi driver lost control on a snow-covered Interstate 70 in eastern Indiana's Wayne County. That semi crossed the median and crashed into a car, killing its driver.

The other fatal crash happened Thursday night on U.S. 40 near Terre Haute when a driver possibly having a medical problem lost control, starting a four-vehicle crash. Police say 51-year-old Karen Price of Brazil died after her car was hit.

Eyewitness News crews are scanning the roads, checking conditions around Central Indiana. Crews are working to clear the streets as snow falls. Sunrise reporter Kris Kirschner made the drive from Indianapolis to Edinburgh on I-65 and reports the interstate is snow covered in parts, but the divider between north and southbound lanes is generally visible.

Snow will make it hard to see the lane markings, so passing other drivers will also be difficult. Multiple cars have already hit guard rails, gotten stuck and slid off the roadway on I-65. Officials remind drivers to reduce speed and increase distance between other cars in the midst of the snowy conditions.

SkyTrak meteorologist Kelly Greene drove to Fishers and found many neighborhood streets are still covered. Sidewalks are also still covered in snow. Drivers should use caution on the roads because underneath the snow is most likely ice.

Officials in Clark and Floyd County tell Eyewitness News road conditions are wet with no pending problems on the roadways. In Harrison, Scott and Washington County officials report slushy road conditions with some slide offs.  Roads in those counties are passable, but officials encourage you to make sure you give yourself extra time to get to your destination.

As of 7:20 a.m. Johnson County reports 20 slide offs due to the winter weather. There have also been four accidents causing property damage and one accident causing personal injury.

 

Associated Press contributed to this report 

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