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Monday, December 13, 2010

On Monday, Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton told The Brazil Times his department handled approximately 6-7 accidents as a result of blistering weather that came through the area Sunday.

"There was nothing major, but we had a lot of slide-offs," Heaton said. "Interstate-70 was a problem like it always is, but most of it was in Putnam County. We had a few in our county."

According to a press release, officials with the Indiana State Police Putnamville Post dealt with six crashes, seven slide-offs and four disabled/stranded motorists late into Sunday, citing most of these incidents took place on I-70 in Putnam, Clay and Vigo counties. In addition, ISP officials stated they responded to accidents along State Road 46 in Clay County and SR 63 in Vigo and Vermillion counties, noting only minor injuries were reported.

Heaton said some county roads were a concern, particularly county east-west roads due to drifting snow.

"Obviously you don't want to drive on those because you don't know how deep (the snow) is," he said.

Heaton urged motorists to use caution while on roads.

"I think people, after the last snow that we had, have adjusted their driving," he said.

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Sounds like it, Sheriff. lol I-70 is notorious (IMO) for drivers who know one speed - no matter what type of weather.

I didn't witness any accidents on my way to work in Indy, but the roads were more clear that morning than they were the night before. Thanks to the road crews who worked through the night to make I-70 better for my commute to work!

-- Posted by Emmes on Tue, Dec 14, 2010, at 10:58 AM

Good story, but I don't think I would have used the word "blistering" to describe this weather. (Sorry, once an English major, always an English major!) [I'll bet it wasn't Ivy {my favorite Times writer!} who wrote this!] (Speaking of Ivy, someone told me she's written a book!)

-- Posted by gratefoole on Tue, Dec 14, 2010, at 1:31 PM

I think the word they were groping for was blustery! hahahhaaa Would have been the perfect fit in this instance but oh well. I thought the same thing when I read it too.

Yes she has written a book. It is fabulous but not for the faint of heart, very graphic and straight shooting. She has info about it on Facebook.

-- Posted by appaloosa queen on Wed, Dec 15, 2010, at 4:15 PM

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