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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Motorists fought off the elements Wednesday morning after a cold front crept through Clay County, causing icy road conditions. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
* Highway Department combating icy roads

Workers with the Clay County Highway Department were out Wednesday feverishly attempting to combat icy road conditions.

County Highway Supt. Pete Foster told The Brazil Times road conditions were not getting better throughout the day.

"It's pretty slick," Foster said.

Although the conditions were not favorable, Foster said motorists could get around but advised them to use caution.

"We've been putting salt and sand down all night and all day," Foster said.

Foster said he believed the roads would freeze over again by this morning due to temperatures, but added his crew would be out again sanding and salting.

The National Weather Service, based in Indianapolis, announced the area could expect scattered snow showers throughout the day and the temperature was expected to hover in the mid 20s.

Temperatures were expected to stay in the 20s throughout today and decrease into the evening.

When the most recent storm front entered the area, highway department officials hit the roads.

Officials with the department told The Brazil Times three of the trucks had gotten stuck as a result of the weather conditions but five were out by 7:30 a.m., Wednesday.

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

Traffic on United States 40 through Brazil slowed Wednesday afternoon as Indiana State Police officials cleared up an accident that had taken place on Interstate-70 in Putnam County Tuesday.

Crews were on site at the 30-mile marker of I-70 uprighting a semi, stemming from the accident that involved two tractor-trailer semis, a 2003 GMC Envoy and an ISP cruiser.

A report from ISP Terre Haute Post Public Information Officer Joe Watts stated the post worked 15 accidents, which included 11 listed as property damage and four personal injury accidents, along I-70 in Clay and Vigo counties, in addition to other accidents along US 41 and State Road 63.

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