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UPDATE: Highway department officials battling weather

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

UPDATE: The National Weather Service based in Indianapolis has announced the area could expect more scattered snow showers along with steady temperatures in the mid 20s the rest of the afternoon. There is a 30 percent chance of snow.

Temperatures are expected to stay in the 20s throughout the day and decrease into the evening.

Workers with the Clay County Highway Department have been out taking care of county roads since Tuesday evening.

But even they had problems with the weather front that inched its way through the county.

According to information provided by the department, five trucks went out throughout the county at approximately 9 p.m., Tuesday. By 7:30 a.m., this morning, officials said three of the five trucks had gotten stuck.

However, officials with the highway department said all five trucks are back out dealing with the icy roads.

"We're still fighting it," Clay County Commissioner President Charlie Brown said. "Those guys have gone over and above the call of duty."

Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton said road conditions throughout the county are not getting better.

"It's starting to get icy again," Heaton said. "The main roads were getting better."

Heaton added an unidentified CCSD Deputy was involved in an accident on State Road 59 Tuesday evening.

He said the deputy suffered a fractured vertebrae in his spine and had been transported from Union Hospital, Terre Haute, to Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis.

Heaton said the deputy was traveling northbound on SR 59 when a pickup truck slammed into the back of his cruiser.

Indiana State Police officials worked the accident and the driver of the pickup truck was cited for driving at an accelerated rate of speed in bad conditions. The driver's windshield, according to Heaton, was iced over.

This story will be updated.

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Oh dear! I will pray for the officer

-- Posted by sassypants on Wed, Dec 17, 2008, at 10:18 AM

Again I really dont think that County highway was out at all last night. Considering I drove by the highway garage last night around 11 on my way home from work and there were no vehicle in the parking lot and all the trucks were sitting there not running. I thing that the highway department is trying to pull wool over our eyes. Maybe if they would try a little hard work then maybe our children could have went to school today. I hope the school corporation has a talk with the county commissioners and explain that a little road work and the kids can get to school safely.

I hope that the deputy is ok. It would be a great loss for the community. If the Sheriffs Department is down a deputy on the road it will be a shame. They will have a heavier load on the other deputies shoulders.

-- Posted by BigCB20 on Wed, Dec 17, 2008, at 6:18 PM

I wonder if they will cite the officers for driving at "accelerated rate(s) of speed in bad conditions."

-- Posted by Larah1 on Wed, Dec 17, 2008, at 7:04 PM

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