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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – As snow fell across central Indiana Sunday, several crashes and slide-offs were reported across the area. Some counties issued travel advisories to warn drivers about the potentially dangerous conditions.

The crashes kept local police busy. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department responded to dozens of accidents from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, including 187 property damage crashes, 20 personal injury accidents and 24 slide-offs. Indiana State Police were also busy, responding to 59 crashes (six including injuries) and 15 slide-offs since 10 a.m.

One of the incidents included a crash on the northwest side that closed one lane of I-65 southbound near 71st Street and mile marker 126 for hours.

On the west side, seven vehicles were involved in a crash on the off-ramp from 465 northbound to Rockville Road, including a Wayne Township Fire Department fire engine. Three civilians and a firefighter suffered minor injuries. The department said the owner of a red pickup truck left the scene. Anyone with information is asked to contact Indiana State Police or the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

Photo from the Wayne Township Fire Department

The Boone County Sheriff’s Office reported several crashes on I-65 in Lebanon and said roads in the county were “snow-covered, slick and hazardous.” The sheriff’s office said I-65 southbound was closed due to multiple crashes. The county eventually issued a yellow travel advisory.

At the Clinton-Tippecanoe county line, drivers were backed up on I-65 northbound and southbound. Indiana State Police said the crash involved a fatality, though no further details were available.

Hamilton County Emergency Management issued a yellow travel advisory until further notice, saying mixed precipitation had resulted in several crashes around the county. That included a crash at U.S. 31 and State Road 38 in Westfield.

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