MARION, Ind. – Indiana State Police troopers responded to a number of slide-offs and crashes overnight due to snow and ice on busy roads.
Officers with the ISP Peru Post helped people throughout several counties in their district. They mentioned they had the most problems on Interstate 69 in Grant County.
Over the weekend, troopers answered a number of calls about the same thing. Trooper Chuck Meyer witnessed three slide-offs when he responded to help a woman who had slid-off I-69 as well. He said he saw a car and two semi trailers veer off the highway and onto the median by him, which was near mile marker 267. It happened just after noon Saturday. Trooper Meyer said he had to jump over the cable barrier twice to avoid getting hit.
“That was terrifying. That’s probably the scariest thing I’ve ever experienced,” Meyer said.
Trooper Meyer said the second semi that slid off the highway hit his car. Luckily, he was not in it. The semi scrapped the left side of his car. It smashed the back window and crushed the back door and the trunk. Trooper Meyer, the woman he was trying to help and the three drivers that drove off the interstate were not seriously injured.
“Me personally, I think the thing that scares me the most is getting hit by a vehicle because to me it’s something I have no control over,” Trooper Meyer said.
Trooper Meyer urges people to be careful when they are driving, especially during this type of weather.
“You still need to reduce your speed, give yourself time to break, don’t ride up on top of people,” Trooper Meyer said.
ISP encourages drivers to take safety precautions during this season by making sure they have plenty of gas in their tank, keep a “winter driving kit” with you, a cell phone and a charger. They also tell drivers to make sure they remove all snow and ice from your car windows before driving.
Troopers also want people to call someone for help if they see someone stranded on the side of the road instead of taking matters into their own hands.
“It’s obviously a personal choice if someone’s going to actually stop and help (another person), but we get paid to take the risk. So my recommendation -especially when you have hazardous road conditions- (is to not) hesitate to call 911,” ISP Sgt. Tony Slocum said.
The driver of the semi that hit Trooper Meyer’s 2013 Dodge Charger was cited with reckless driving.