INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The first snow event of the season in central Indiana hit drivers hard Friday morning, creating havoc on the roads during rush hour. Multiple crashes were reported, likely due to icy conditions.
Indiana State Police report 36 crashes and five slide-offs. There were seven injuries, but they're not described as serious.
INDOT officials say crashes are typical during the first snow of the season as drivers get re-accustomed to slippery conditions. INDOT Spokesman Nathan Riggs said even if salt is on the roads, conditions can still be slippery.
Twenty crews were out Thursday night and Friday morning in Marion County pretreating roads. Throughout the day on Friday, more than 90 crews were spread across Indiana also pretreating the roads. Most of the crews were to the north where more snow is expected.
Riggs said conditions can be unpredictable in Indiana and crews will have to adjust to quickly changing temperatures while on the roads.
"In Indiana that’s typical. Sometimes these forecasts go down to the last minute and you don’t know what you’re going to get until you’re receiving it," Riggs said.
Trucks have thermometers to test the temperature of the roads. There's also tow plows that can tackle two lanes at once.
As we wait to see what the weekend will hold, Riggs said 50 to 60 crews are ready to go in the Indianapolis area to start pretreating Saturday night.
"Our crews are always on call. During the winter, our drivers know that at any time the could be called in to spot treat any isolated specific problem areas we might have," Riggs said.
INDOT has 250,000 tons of salt stockpiled for the season. That's more than they used all last year.
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