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Friday, January 13, 2012

According to officials with the Putnamville District, as of Friday afternoon, calls for service had slowed significantly.

Since 4 a.m., Friday, Indiana State Police had worked six property damage crashes, seven slide-offs without damage and assisted six disabled motorists. Most of the activity came from the 23-mile marker in Clay County to the 41-mile marker in Putnam County. The contributing factors included blowing snow collecting on the roadway, coupled with ice on the bridges and overpasses.

According to officials, the drivers were either traveling too fast for conditions or not paying enough attention to the roadway conditions.

All of the property damage crashes were on Interstate 70, only one of which was in Clay County.

However, on Friday afternoon, an accident took place on State Road 59, south of Clay City. According to officials from the Clay County Sheriff's Department, the vehicle involved hit ice near a curve, slid off the road and flipped onto its top after striking a tree. TransCare transported the Greene County driver to the Sullivan County Hospital.

No other accidents had been reported at time of print.

"With the County Highway Department out taking care of the roads, they've cut down on many potential problems we could have had," Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton said.

According to Clay County Highway Supervisor Pete Foster, the roads in Clay County are "slick, but not bad."

The Highway Department worked 13 hours Thursday preparing for the snow. On Friday, they began laying more salt and sand mixture, at 4 a.m., on all asphalt roads.

"We haven't been notified of any accidents other than on the interstate," Foster said. "I'm sure there's been some slide-offs, but there have been no serious accidents on the county's roads."

Foster said the areas to be most cautious around are intersections such as Pinckley and Murphy streets.

"It's still slick even with the sand," Foster said. "Slow down, and take your time."

Heaton agreed with Foster, saying intersections on hills or with steep inclines were the most dangerous.

Foster also mentioned Kennedy's Crossing as a road to be more careful on.

"With the snow and wind blowing, it can be slick in spots," Foster said. "Kennedy's Crossing is pretty hilly and curvy. Be aware of dips and curves; give yourself plenty of time to stop."

Heaton's advice to area drivers was, "Keep an eye on your speed. Be cautious."

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When I see stories like this I am glad I moved to a warmer place 48 years ago. We still have changing seasons but not severe changes. One snow in those 48 years but nothing to worry about.

-- Posted by timber on Mon, Jan 16, 2012, at 12:38 PM

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