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[ISP] Putnamville Troopers Remain Busy
Start Date: 1/7/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 1/7/2014
Entry Description

Indiana State Police troopers from the Putnamville Post continue to be busy assisting motorists within the district. From midnight until 7:00 this evening, troopers responded to:

Property damage crashes 9
Vehicle slide offs 18
Mechanically disabled vehicles 30

The areas that kept troopers the busiest were I-70 in eastern Vigo County between the 11 and 15 mile markers, Clay County I-70 from the 18mm to the 26mm, I-70 Putnam County from the 34mm to the 43mm and State Road 63 in Vermillion County. The area of eastern Vigo County around the 11-14 mile markers and the 34 to 41 mile markers in Putnam County, sustained the largest concentration of “jackknifed” tractor-trailers. There were no injuries reported in any of the crashes.

During the assistance of the mechanically disabled vehicles, troopers found motorists were victim to flat tires, stuck in the snow after stopping, commercial vehicles with “jelled” fuel, which caused the motors to stall, and frozen air lines used for breaking. A small portion of the tractor-trailers even utilized chains on the drive tires so they navigate uphill in some locations as traction on the slick roadway was preventing them from doing so.

Around 1:45 this afternoon, a jackknifed semi blocked the eastbound lanes of I-70 near the 12mm. Eastbound traffic was diverted north on State Road 46 to eastbound US 40. The eastbound lanes reopened at 3:00p.m. Traffic remains slow in various areas of I-70 because of stranded vehicles.

Throughout the day, many motorists were “driving too fast for conditions” thus causing the numerous slide-offs and jackknives.

Again today, troopers transported several mechanically disabled motorists to area motels.

Troopers continue to work around the clock patrolling and assisting motorists.

Contact Information:
Name: Sergeant Joe Watts
Phone: 765-653-4114
Email: jwatts@isp.in.gov
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