Police say icy roads contributed to the death of a woman driving along Ind. 403 just north of Sellersburg and caused numerous minor accidents across both Floyd and Clark counties early Monday.

Inge Ross, 61, of Lexington, Ind., was pronounced dead after police say her car was hit by a truck driven by 19-year-old Edward Hall of Sellersburg, said Jerry Goodin with the Indiana State Police Sellersburg Post.

Hall — who was traveling northbound on Ind. 403 — reportedly lost control of his truck when crossing the Silver Creek Bridge and crossed into the southbound lane striking Ross. Hall also struck another car — driven by Evan Blevins — traveling southbound behind Ross. Goodin said he didn’t know Blevins’ age or address.

Hall was transported by ambulance to Clark Memorial Hospital with non life-threatening injuries. Blevins and his passenger were not injured. Ross was wearing a seatbelt.

The bridge was closed for over two hours while the crash was investigated and the bridge was de-iced, Goodin said.

This accident was one of at least 40 that troopers from the Sellersburg Post handled Monday morning due to the icy roadways. Troopers were sent about 7:30 a.m. to Scott County, where they helped work a serious crash involving a school bus.

The accident — which occurred along Ind. 356 near Lexington — sent the driver of a truck to a Louisville hospital with serious injuries, but none of the children in the bus suffered any significant injuries, police said.

These and other car accidents — the majority of which were minor — occurred between 5 and 9:30 a.m., Goodin said, when the roadways were at their worst.

Municipal agencies — including Clarksville, Sellersburg and Charlestown — also said they worked several minor property damage accidents but no one involved suffered any major injuries. Officers from the New Albany Police Department said they worked 23 accidents, with four involving minor injuries.

“The black ice caught everybody by surprise this morning,” Goodin said. “They saw the snow and thought it was just water on the road, but it was actually ice.”

Goodin said Monday morning should have been “a good practice” for drivers and police “shouldn’t have this again with the next snow or ice storm.”

Goodin’s best advice: Slow down, and be extra cautious of bridges as they become ice-covered more quickly than regular roadways.

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