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ISP busy with traffic mishaps

Thursday, January 12, 2012

PUTNAM COUNTY -- Indiana State Police Troopers from the Putnamville Post were kept busy Thursday afternoon responding to various calls for service related to slippery road conditions.

The busiest period was between 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Troopers responded to seven property damage crashes, three slide-offs (no damage), and three mechanically disabled vehicles.

Four of the crashes were on Interstate-70, with two in Vigo County and two in Putnam County. One crash occurred on State Road 246 in Vigo County, while another took place on State Road 163 in Vermillion County and one was on United States 41 in Sullivan County.

No injuries were reported in any of the crashes.

The three slide-offs and three disabled vehicles were on I-70.

Officials with ISP offer the following safety tips:

* Make sure you travel is necessary, then check the forecast,

* Assure your vehicle has a full tank of fuel,

* Carry a winter driving kit that should include blankets, flashlight, extra batteries, a brightly colored cloth, sand (or cat litter), shovel, candle, matches, non-perishable high calorie food, a first aid kit, and jumper cables,

* Have a cell phone and charger cord available,

* Slow down on snow/ice covered roads,

* Allow extra time to arrive at your destination,

* Clear all vehicle windows of ice and snow,

* Use extra caution when driving across bridges, underpasses, shaded areas and intersections where ice is slow to melt, and

* Avoid abrupt stops and starts. Slow down gradually.

In addition, ISP offered the following tips for those who get stranded:

* Don't leave the car. It's the best protection,

* Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna,

* Roll down the window a small amount to allow fresh air in the vehicle,

* Keep the exhaust pipe free of blockage to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, and

* Don't panic. An idling car uses approximately one gallon of gas per hour.

For road conditions, motorists can call 1-800-261-7623, or log on to www.trafficwise.in.gov.

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And always let your family know where you are going, your planned route and your estimated time of arrival.

-- Posted by steve47834 on Thu, Jan 12, 2012, at 7:13 PM

Also don't forget to take water in your emergency kit!

-- Posted by clgruener on Fri, Jan 13, 2012, at 8:26 AM

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