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ISP: Folks forget how to drive in season's first snow

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Indiana State Police troopers assigned the Lowell District were kept busy this morning by multiple reports of slide-offs and crashes due to blowing snow and icy conditions, the ISP said.

There have been only minor injuries reported in some of these crashes, however.

According to police, most of the crashes earlier this morning were in northern Lake County on I-80 from the Illinois State Line to I-65. As the snow shifted and fell it migrated east on I-80 between Ripley Street and Ind. 240 into Porter County. LaPorte County on I-94 was also impacted for a short time period.

“We are experiencing traffic back-ups on I-80 from Ripley Street west into Illinois and eastbound traffic from Illinois to I-65,” police said. “Traffic on I-65 is backed-up on the northbound side from 61st Avenue to the ramp to I-80 westbound.

“The problem stems from the ever shifting snow squalls,” police added. “As the roadways are being cleared of snow and crashes in one area the snow shifts to a new area.”

The majority of the crashes and slide-offs appeared to have been caused by driving too fast for conditions and drivers who “forget” how to drive in the snow. Please remember to give yourself plenty of time to get to where you’re going today, back off and give yourself plenty of distance between vehicles, and slow down, police said.

For up to date road and weather conditions, please call (800) 261-7623, or visit INDOT’s web site at

Do not call the ISP or local law enforcement agencies for road conditions. Leave the phone lines open for emergency calls.


Posted 1/24/2013