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UPDATED: Officials kept busy with slide-offs

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The arctic arrival of "Old Man Winter" kept local law enforcement and emergency responders busy early Monday morning.

According to 911 dispatchers at the Clay County Justice Center, numerous weather-related accidents were reported between 5-10 a.m., Monday.

"It was horrendous," 911-dispatcher Cindy Judd told The Brazil Times Monday afternoon. "Sixteen reports were slide offs requiring assistance, but there were a lot more than that."

Amid the numerous weather related accidents, Judd said most of the reports came in from two areas where ice was an issue, a large portion of United Sates 40 west of the Staunton flashers to the Clay Vigo county line and the Bowling Green area on State Road 46.

"We would get numerous calls reporting the same accident. At one point, my computer screen was full of pending calls," Judd said. "We received a lot of calls reporting a slide off and then they would call back to report they had been helped. It was really hectic around here for a while."

As the weather turned to milder temperatures and rain, officials confirmed no further weather-related accidents were reported Tuesday.

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Interested to see how many of the slide offs on I-70 this winter turn into accidents with that cable/wire between Brazil and Terre Haute in the median. Would love to know what rocket scientist thought that would help stop accidents. Most cars that slid off were usually undamaged, but no one is going to hit that cable/wire and not do damage to their vehicle. And what happens when a semi hits it and slingshots back into the driving lanes? Guess we had some excess money that they didnt want to spend on roads so we had to spend it on cable/wire. These were supposed to stop fatalities. Tell that to the family of the man on I-65 up north who was decapitated on a motorcycle when he hit one! Maybe a reporter could ask some questions and see what the benefits are and the cost of that are to the tax payers.

-- Posted by opininated on Wed, Dec 9, 2009, at 5:32 PM

The cable system that was installed along I-70 is a great thing, it might cause a few more dollers in vehicle damage due to a slid off, thats what it will be, damage not death. I remember cutting a dead grandmother and grandaughter from a car several days before christmas years ago while the other grandaughter lay trapped inside the vehicle with her dead sister and grandmother. If this cable system had been in place there a very good chance they would be with us still today. The majority of people killed on our interstates are killed by vehicles crossing the median and traveling into oncomming traffic.

-- Posted by SimpleIsBetter on Wed, Dec 9, 2009, at 5:49 PM

Guard rails would have made more sense if they had to do something. Those cables are going to cause more than they stop. There are horror stories everywhere and if I thought they would prevent accidents I wouldnt care what the cost; but I really dont think that is the case here. Just one person opinion....

-- Posted by opininated on Wed, Dec 9, 2009, at 7:25 PM

guardrail by design is made to redirect a car along itself or away from a object. The cable system is designed to slow and catch a car. It was first installed on I-65 in boone county, before it was installed there was a average of 4 death per year, after installation of the cable the accident rate did not decrease, but the cable did reduce the death rate and has even stopped several semi's from crossing over. It cost less than steel rail and is easier to repair.

-- Posted by dirtboy7419 on Wed, Dec 9, 2009, at 7:56 PM

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