Icy roads extend cancelations into Wednesday, crews work dozens of slide-offs
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Icy roads have caused schools and businesses to close Tuesday, and corporations like the EVSC have also canceled Wednesday.
Several slide-offs and crashes have been reported since Monday night.
Sergeant Todd Ringle says when driving too fast under these conditions, slick spots can make it difficult for drivers to stay in control.
“Unfortunately, it just takes a hand full of individuals not driving responsibly to cause havoc on the highways,” said Sgt. Ringle.
Officials say some icy roadways are stubborn and may remain slick even after being treated and driven over.
In Posey County, a water rescue involved a car in the water at the riverfront and a tow truck that slid trying to pull it out. It happened around 10:30 a.m.
Gibson County Sheriff Bruce Vanoven said around 10 a.m. Tuesday they’ve worked 25 slide-offs, 10 property damage crashes, and four injury crashes. That’s since 6 p.m. Monday.
Sheriff Vanoven says people should cancel their plans and stay home if they can.
”The road conditions are not going to improve, said Sheriff Vanoven. “There are a few dry spots on the four lane highways, but the turn lanes and the passing lanes are still slick and hazardous. The county roads and the local roads are slick and hazardous. There is no redeeming quality for ice, as far as I can see.”
In Perry County, deputies said around 10 a.m. that a semi slid over an embankment. It happened on I-64, closing one lane. No one was hurt.
Troopers said around 9:30 a.m. there was a crash at I-64 and Big Cynthiana in Vanderburgh County. They said a car rolled over on its top, but the driver was not hurt.
There was also a crash on the ramp onto I-64 from I-69 Tuesday morning.
Road crews have been out spreading salt spreading salt, but melting the ice is more difficult than just melting snow.
Indiana State Police Sergeant Todd Ringle has shared tips:
- Avoid unnecessary travel
- Remove all ice and snow from your windows
- Reduce your speed
- Increase your following distance
- Brake early and give yourself plenty of stopping distance
- Accelerate slowly
Here’s Sgt. Ringle’s live interview earlier on Sunrise.
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