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Officials deal with minimal slide-offs

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Local law enforcement agencies were out helping motorists during the blast of winter weather Thursday morning.

Although only one slide-off accident -- causing minimal damage to a telephone pole on White Rock Road -- reported to the Brazil City Police Department early Thursday morning, members of the Clay County Sheriff's Department and Indiana State Police were kept busy helping motorists throughout the area.

Officials at the Clay County 911 Dispatch Center told The Brazil Times the call center was busy, but most of the reports were coming from the Interstate-70 area.

As of 3 p.m., Thursday, ISP Terre Haute District provided information that troopers responded to a total of 52 accidents throughout their district, which includes Parke, Vermillion, Vigo, Clay and Sullivan counties.

However, the busiest area for accidents was located on I-70 between the 13-28 mile markers starting in Vigo County and ending in Clay County.

With roadways snow covered and slick, a portion of eastbound I-70 near the 14-mile marker was closed around 1:30 p.m., Thursday, until road crews could clear the area.

Emergency personnel worked 17 property damage crashes at various points along I-70, with all but one occurring within the 15-mile stretch.

The remaining slide offs occurred on United States 41 South and State Road 63 North. No injuries have been reported thus far in any of the accidents.

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 7 a.m., Friday, with minor blowing and drifting of snow expected to make driving conditions hazardous.

Law enforcement agencies urge residents to not call local, county or state police dispatch centers for road conditions.

For current road conditions, the public can use the State of Indiana's website www.trafficwise.in.gov or call 1-800-261-ROAD.

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