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Update: Icy weather causes handful of accidents

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Icy weather conditions caused several traffic incidents late Friday evening.

Saturday morning, Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton told The Brazil Times his department worked several accidents with only minor injuries.

"We dealt with accidents until about 11:30 (p.m.) to midnight, then it slowed down from there," Heaton said.

Sleet and ice pelted the Wabash Valley beginning at approximately 8 p.m., Friday. As a result, roads become increasingly slippery.

Several reports of slide-offs and accidents came through as the evening progressed.

There was a report of a tanker truck sliding off the roadway onto its side on United States 40 Friday evening.

However, Heaton told The Times there was an accident on U.S. 40 that stalled traffic. He added as the traffic was stalled, or re-routed, the tanker truck was coming down a hill and slid along the highway.

"We had an accident there and the ambulance was stuck at the bottom of the hill," Heaton said.

The driver of the vehicle involved in the initial accident was eventually taken to St. Vincent Clay Hospital.

Heaton added State Road 59, just north of Interstate-70, was temporarily shut down because vehicles could not "get up a hill."

He said a couple of salt trucks from the Indiana Department of Transportation went through the area and slid off the road.

But as the evening progressed, the condition of the roads improved.

"The sleet seemed to help the road conditions, even though that sounds odd," Heaton said. "You were able to get some more traction.

"We expected it. But as soon as it hit, I think it caught a lot of people off guard."

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Sure did! I was at Northview before the boys' game started and was surprised when I walked to my car! I also slid past my turn off on 340, but made it homes safe - and so did my children.

-- Posted by Emmes on Wed, Jan 25, 2012, at 11:43 AM

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