Ice and dangerous road conditions were the determining factors for another school cancellation Friday.
With ice build-up measuring around one-fourth to one-half inch and a mist appearing to freeze upon hitting the ground Friday morning, Clay Community School Corporation Transportation Director Frank Misner informed The Brazil Times the decision to cancel classes was made at 5 a.m.
Misner said the roads were equally bad, with no road safer than any other, especially some side roads outside of Brazil were worse.
"Some side roads were a little worse south, but most roads are equally the same," Misner said, after officials determined roads were not safe School Superintendent Dan Schroeder made the decision to cancel. "It was safer to stay home."
Although students stayed home, many area residents still had to go to work, and a few met with misfortune.
According to emergency 911 dispatchers at the Clay County Justice Center, deputies and local volunteer firefighters helped five motorists who reported losing control of their vehicles and sliding off the road into ditches. Although no one was injured, there was minimal property damage reported when one vehicle slid into a fence in an area near 6900 West County Road 900 North.
Officials at The Brazil City Police Department confirmed there were no collisions or slide offs reported to the department by motorists within the city.
Troopers of the Terre Haute District Indiana State Police were busy investigating several crashes and assisting motorists that had slid off the roadway, ran out of gas or experienced other weather related problems while assisting other police agencies well into Friday afternoon.
Interstate-70 was the trouble spot during Friday's inclement weather with troopers working seven crashes total and four of those at once within a 10-mile segment.
"Motorists who will not slow down and respect the dangerous conditions of the roadways are the cause of these crashes," Terre Haute Post Commander Lieutenant Mike Eslinger, said in a press release.
ISP Trooper and Public Information Officer Joe Watts provided The Brazil Times with the following information about weather-related traffic assistance calls troopers performed throughout the Wabash Valley since the bad weather began Thursday afternoon:
* Property Damage crashes investigated: 17,
* Personal Injury crashes investigated: 1,
* Vehicle slide-off assistance: 19,
* Assist Motorists with various problems: 9,
* Assist other police agencies with crashes: 7, and
* Driving While Intoxicated Arrest: 1
The Indiana State Police would like to remind motorists to slow down, buckle-up and use caution when driving on slick roadways.
For recorded statewide road and weather information, updated every six hours, call 1-800-261-7623 and follow the voice prompts.
Detailed road and weather information is also available on the Indiana State Police website: http://www.in.gov/isp.
Times Staff Reporter Lori Combs contributed to this report.