U.S. 31 Bypass Open Again

Icy roads and high winds are to blame for almost twenty accidents on the U.S. 31 bypass Friday.

The road was closed between State Road 2 and Mayflower for most of Friday. And as of 4:30am Saturday, the highway was open again.

Although electronic signs flashed warnings to drivers to use caution nothing could prepare them for the strong winds and extreme white out conditions ahead.

“People basically drove into white out conditions. The roads conditions went from dry and clear to snow and ice... it was basically zero visibility,” says Sergeant Trent Smith from Indiana State Police.

Around 8:15 in the morning Indiana State Police closed the bypass when two semis jackknifed. The highway was opened at 1:30 pm only to be closed an hour later. Four semis jackknifed and fifteen cars were stranded.

“Basically it wasn't snowing that much and whatever the state highway had put down.. it iced right back up… the snow just kept blowing across the road… just a sheet of ice,” says Trooper John Hirschler from Indiana State Police.

Indiana State Police say the highway department will make the decision as to when the road will re-open.

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