Crashes, slide-offs keep police busy during winter storm

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(Jan. 6, 2015) - Police and emergency responders had a busy morning Tuesday.

In Marion County, 64 crashes were reported between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m., according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office. Indiana State Police worked more than 120 personal injury and property damage crashes between 6 p.m. Monday and 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Indianapolis District covering Marion, Johnson, Shelby, Hendricks, Hancock, Hamilton and Boone counties. There were 31 slide-offs reported.

FOX59 and CBS4 crews hit the roads Tuesday morning to check on the conditions.

Michael Henrich reported seeing several backups and slushy road conditions on I-465 around Indianapolis. Ramps were the biggest concerns.

One of the biggest problems for drivers was finding their lanes. Many drivers couldn’t see lane markers, especially earlier in the morning. He saw slick spots and slushy areas on the road.

Gabby Gonzalez said road conditions around Indianapolis have improved significantly since about 4 a.m. She saw slush on the roads, but most of the snow has been cleared off. She didn't encounter any major delays, and said most drivers were taking it slow.

Lindy Thackston checked on conditions around Hamilton County. She said roundabouts are extremely slick. Roads weren’t terrible, but it was slow going for traffic.

In Boone County, the highway department said 12 drivers covered 800-900 miles of road. A semi truck crashed on I-65 northbound near U.S. 52, slowing traffic in the area. Firefighters extricated the driver and he’s OK, reports Jillian Deam.

Roads in Boone County were snow-covered but passable. Slide-offs kept emergency crews busy.

In Madison County, I-69 northbound at mile marker 225 was closed because of a semi crash. Madison County authorities said the truck and trailer were blocking the lanes. Multiple crashes were being reported between mile markers 214 and 226. The interstate reopened before 10 a.m.