• Winter Weather Keeps Troopers Busy

    January 12, 2011 No comments

    Personnel from the Indiana State Police Post at Putnamville were kept busy with today’s snow covered roadways.

      Instead of the normal day to day administrative duties, the Putnamville District command staff and district investigation detectives, assisted road patrol troopers responding to numerous calls for service. The vast majority of those calls were for motor vehicle crashes and slide-offs along the 57 mile stretch of Interstate 70 which includes Clay, Morgan, Putnam, and Vigo counties. Three of those calls were for separate “jackknifed” semis, two in Putnam County and one in Morgan County. The Putnamville District is responsible for patrolling this entire section of I-70.

     US 41 south of Terre Haute (Vigo County) was the second busiest section of roadway, with one crash causing damage and leakage to a natural gas service pipe. The energy service provider was on the scene within minutes and disabled the supply. No injuries or evacuations occurred.

    As of 3:00p.m. this afternoon, ISP officers responded to 13 crashes, 18 slide-offs, 7 disabled vehicles, 2 motor vehicle fires and 1 injured person. The person sustained the injuries when a mechanical part struck the individual while working on a vehicle along I-70. The injuries were believed to be non-life threatening. Only minor injuries were received in two of the crashes, the remaining collisions involved property and vehicle damage only. The fires were one engine fire and one semi-trailer brake fire.

    The overwhelming cause of today’s crashes and slide-offs was again, speed too fast for conditions. Various drivers were given traffic summons in response to this unsafe driving behavior. In particular, one crash along I-70 near the 2 mile marker involved one car passing another, ultimately losing control and striking the vehicle being passed. The driver of the passing vehicle was cited for speed too fast for conditions and ultimately told the trooper they were “late for work”. This is yet another example of the dangerous driving behavior that Indiana State Police troopers are attempting to change through education, cooperation, and enforcement. Motorists can expect to see more enforcement action taken on such violations, if voluntary compliance is not achieved. The significance of the increased efforts to change the driving behaviors is to reduce crashes and save lives, not the issuance of traffic summons.

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