Woman hurt after SUV hits icy patch, rolls 170 feet into creek

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SPENCER COUNTY (Feb. 18, 2014) – A woman suffered minor injuries after her car hit a patch of ice, slammed into a guardrail and rolled into a creek.

Around 9:10 a.m. Tuesday, Catherine B. Gress, 29, Velpen, was going west on Interstate 64 near the 55 mile marker when her Chevy Trailblazer hit a patch of ice. Gress lost control of the SUV and hit the guardrail. According to Indiana State Police, the vehicle went over the guardrail and rolled 170 feet until is stopped in a creek.

Gress had cuts on her right hand and chin. She was taken by helicopter to St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville for further evaluation. State police said her injuries could’ve been much more serious if she hadn’t been wearing her seatbelt.

The interstate was closed for about 30 minutes and restricted to one lane for about two hours while crews helped Gress and moved the SUV.