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December 26, 2012

DODGING THE FLAKES:Police agencies report accidents, but area avoids worst of weather; other parts of state hit hard

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Indiana State Police responded to the possibility of increased accidents brought on by Wednesday’s adverse weather by calling in extra troopers throughout the agency’s five-county district.

ISP Sgt. Jerry Goodin with the Sellersburg Post reported two accidents resulting in non-life threatening injuries and 14 accidents resulting in only property damage Wednesday morning and afternoon. Goodin said troopers also responded to a number minor incidents of vehicles sliding from the roadways.

He said the reported accidents caused no road closures Wednesday afternoon in the ISP’s district that includes Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Washington and Scott counties. Goodin said all the traffic accidents were quickly cleared by troopers and resulted in only minimal delays.

The district staffed 14 troopers, about double the typical manpower, to patrol the roadways Wednesday, Goodin said.

He said the majority of the snow and rain fell in the agency’s northern district of Scott and Washington counties, but the overall reported accidents were evenly distributed throughout each of the counties. Goodin said weather caused the worst road conditions in the northern counties, but with the areas’ lower populations there are less motorists on the roadways to be involved in accidents.

Officials in Floyd County reported 18 traffic accident calls between 5:30 a.m. and late Wednesday afternoon. Floyd County Sheriff’s Department Maj. Jeff Topping said three of the total calls resulted in injuries, none of which were life threatening. He said the accidents were distributed throughout the county, with no concentration of accidents taking place in particular areas.

Topping said there are steps people can take to better their chances of avoiding an accident during inclement weather conditions.

“When there are signs of bad weather, people need to plan ahead and expect to take a bit more time getting to where they are going,” he said.

Topping said leaving for a destination earlier than usual and being patient while en route can help motorists stay safe. He also said that people should anticipate, depending on the length of their trip, that road conditions can change from one area to another.

“The temperature can change, and road conditions can be different in one part of the county than another,” Topping said. “You just got to be careful.”

Clark County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Chuck Adams reported five incidents involving vehicles sliding from the roadways throughout Clark County from the early morning hours Wednesday into the afternoon.

None of the incidents resulted in injuries and all were single-vehicle wrecks, he reported.

Three of the incidents occurred on Ind. 60 between Borden and Sellersburg, and two of the wrecks occurred on Ind. 62 between Charlestown and New Washington.

Officials with the New Albany Police Department reported two traffic accidents during Wednesday morning and afternoon.

New Albany police Maj. Keith Whitlow said a vehicle struck a deer near Grant Line Road and Hausfeldt Lane, and a vehicle ran off the road on Grant Line Road and East Daisy Lane.

He attributed the small number of traffic accidents to the temperature staying above freezing and the work of the city’s street department keeping the roadways clear.

Officials with Jeffersonville and Clarksville police departments reported no traffic accidents occurring during the morning and afternoon of adverse weather.

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