Slide-offs, accidents mark morning commute

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At least two people have died on Indiana roads after a round of winter weather.

In Wayne County, a semi lost control on Interstate 70 late Thursday night, crossing the median and slamming into a car, killing its driver.

A Brazil, Ind., woman died Thursday night following a four-car crash on U.S. 40 in eastern Vigo County, according to the Tribune-Star. The newspaper reported that roads were wet around the time of that accident, which happened around 7:10 p.m. Indiana State Police said a medical condition may have led to that crash.

The Indiana State Police Indianapolis District said there were 54 crashes in Marion County and the surrounding counties. Police said 46 of those crashes involved property damage and eight involved injuries, although none of the injuries were life threatening. Between 6 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. Friday, state troopers responded to 168 calls for service.

According to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, at least eight Indiana counties had an active travel advisory or warning as of early Friday morning.

Multiple accidents were reported throughout the state Friday morning, including several in the Indianapolis metro area. One accident slowed traffic on I-70 eastbound near Rural/Keystone and involved multiple vehicles.

It was also reported that a car left the road on Capitol Avenue and went into Fall Creek. Fox 59 crews found a car submerged in the water, but investigators said the female driver managed to get safely out of the vehicle before it went under.

A lane was blocked on westbound I-465 near Harding Street/State Road 37 because of a crash there, although crews worked quickly to clear the scene.

In Johnson County, the sheriff’s department said it had responded to 20 slide-off accidents, four accidents with property damage and one accident with a personal injury, as of 7 a.m.

Fox 59 crews out Friday morning found the interstates covered in snow in some spots, making it difficult to see the lane markers. Drivers should continue to reduce their speeds and allow extra time to reach their destination.

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