The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, January 18, 2022 1:00 am

Slick roads cause several crashes

JIM CHAPMAN | The Journal Gazette

Local police responded to dozens of vehicle crashes Monday when freezing rain made roads slick and hazardous.

Indiana State Police troopers from the Fort Wayne post were called to 35 winter-related crashes between 7:15 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Fort Wayne post covers 11 counties.

Brian Walker, state police public information officer, said dispatchers couldn't immediately determine how many of those crashes involved injuries because of the high volume entered into the ISP dispatch computer system.

Allen and Huntington counties were “the two primary counties hit the hardest.” The crashes were mostly on Interstate 69, Interstate 469, U.S. 30 and U.S. 24, Walker said.

The road conditions improved after 2 p.m., he said, because of higher temperatures and Indiana Department of Transportation crews treating the highways.

Fort Wayne police responded to more than 40 crashes between 6:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m., according to local dispatchers. 

No fatal crashes were reported by police.

Bernie Beier, director of the Allen County Office of Homeland Security, issued a travel advisory early Monday afternoon.

Many parking lots and sidewalks were covered in ice and slick, he said.

“We are responding to many slide-offs and crashes along all the highways throughout Allen County,” he said. “You must slow down today.” 

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