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Hundreds crash on icy roads


State Police say drivers are encountering black ice conditions on roadways throughout central Indiana and crashing.  One of those crashes killed a woman from Avon.

Indiana State Police say 28-year-old Ashley A. Rogers of Avon was driving south on I-65, just south of the Demotte/Roselawn exit, when she lost control and started to spin out on the interstate.  Another vehicle and a semi both hit Rogers' Jeep.  Rogers was taken to Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer and was being transported to a Lafayette Hospital, when complications arose and was rushed back to Jasper County where she later died at the hospital. The drivers of the semi and other vehicle were not hurt.

Westbound Interstate 74 was shut down in Montgomery County due to a crash, but has since reopened to traffic.

Putnam County authorities worked more than twenty crashes late Sunday night on Interstate 70.

Clinton County reported numerous crashes on U.S. 52 and Interstate 65, including a rollover crash near Colfax that sent a man, woman and three children to Witham hospital in Lebanon.

Perry Twp. Fire spokesman Jarrod Blacker said their SUV was northbound on U.S. 52 just before Midnight when it rolled, ejecting at least four of the five people inside.

"Everybody was laying on the south side of the vehicle," when emergency crews arrived, Blacker said.  The children in the SUV ranged in age from 14 to 2-years-old.  Blacker didn't think they were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.

Blacker said while emergency crews were tending to the victims of the SUV rollover crash, another vehicle traveling northbound on U.S. 52 lost control and slammed into the back of their fire engine.

Blacker, a volunteer fireman who was working his sixth crash scene of the night, pleaded with drivers to slow down, "Everybody out here has family."  He said if his fire crews had not parked their fire engine where they did, the northbound vehicle would have plowed through their crash scene and possibly killed emergency personnel. 

Two to three hours of freezing rain had made driving conditions "almost like a skating rink," Blacker said.

State Police District 52 estimated more than 50 crashes and slide-offs in the Indianapolis metro area. 

Trooper Jaren Franklin was investigating a half dozen accidents on Interstate 65 north of downtown, but said crashes were happening "pretty much everywhere."

One man involved in a three-crash told Eyewitness News he saw a driver lose control in front of him, hit the concrete wall, and carom into his path.  When they came to a stop, "Another car came up and hit me from behind."

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