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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Wet snow and temperatures that dipped below freezing created slick road conditions Saturday night and were the culprit in dozens of crashes throughout the Indianapolis area.

The Indiana State Police responded to 59 crashes from Saturday night into Sunday morning, 18 of the crashes involved injury, with one particular crash leaving a woman in critical condition.

Two separate incidents on 465 involved jack-knifed semi’s.

Indiana State Police said the worst crash they responded to was around 1:30 a.m. Sunday on 38th Street, next to the Old Lafayette Square Mall, where a nine-car pileup occurred, including one semi. Police said the cars slid into each other due to bridges being more slick than drivers anticipated.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department assisted ISP with the crash on 38th Street due to State Police being stretched thin from responding to such a high number of crashes throughout the Indianapolis area.

Other area police and fire departments responded to their fair share of crashes as well. The Zionsville Fire Department reported a vehicle rollover accident on I-865 that resulted in minor injuries.


The Pendleton/Fall Creek Township Fire Department thanked their first responders for spending hours away from their families Saturday night, as the station responded to at least 19 different crashes.



One accident reported by the Speedway Fire Department from Saturday night involved a vehicle that rolled onto the side of a fire hydrant, which damaged the hydrant and caused the street to flood.  No injuries were reported in this incident.


Boone County also reported to have 18 total slide offs, with 10 crashes that caused property damage and 8 that led to injury.