Snowfall keeps Putnamville troopers busy
PUTNAMVILLE -- Indiana State Police Troopers from the Putnamville Post were kept busy Thursday, responding to various calls for service related to slippery road conditions.
The busiest period was between 11:30 a.m. and 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 Putnam County and two in Vigo County.
All major roadways in the Putnamville District were reported open Thursday evening, but most have some slick and hazardous areas.
The three slide-offs and three disabled vehicles were on I-70.
The Indiana State Police offer the following safety tips:
-- Make sure your travel is necessary, then check 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, 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.
-- Avoid abrupt stops and starts. Slow down gradually.
For road conditions motorists can call 1-800-261-7623 or www.trafficwise.in.gov.