Police respond to hundreds of accidents caused by weather


Since the heavy snow started Tuesday afternoon, first responders in News Center 16's 10-county viewing area, have been called to hundreds of wrecks.

Nearly a dozen wrecks were reported on the Indiana tollroad between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Many truck-drivers took refuge at the Mile Marker 90 rest stop between Elkhart and South Bend.

"I just pulled in because it was practically un-drivable anymore, and it's very slippery. It's probably one of the worst blizzards I've driven in as far as this year goes," said Alexander Khomskii, a truckdriver, who has been driving the tollroad for more than a year.

Near whiteout conditions around dusk along the U.S. 31 bypass in St. Joseph County kept traffic crawling.

"At times you just can't even see where you're going, and the ice is sticking to my windshield wipers, so they aren't working as well as they should," said Carol Brown, pulled over while driving from Washington State to Connecticut.

An accident at the corner of Ewing Avenue and Ironwood Drive was just one of a dozen in Mishawaka.

Police say someone driving a van slid into the drivers side of a Prompt ambulance, as the ambulance was turning left. Fortunately, there wasn't a patient was inside, and no one was injured.

"It can be treacherous. It just requires you to be completely cognizant and aware of the just exactly where your wheels are going at all times ," said Rui Dosremedios.

Rural Starke County is expected to see the worst of the storm, so the Knox Street Department spent the day spreading sand and salt and plowing roads. The county's Emergency Management Agency said every major roadway remained slick and hazardous Tuesday night.

It's just the intensity of the snow when it comes down," said James Campbell, who said he witnessed a three car crash near the Indiana State line. "Sometimes snow comes down so hard it's kind of hard for road crews to keep up."

Here's a quick look at what 911 centers across the area dealt with between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday evening:

-Elkhart county saw more than 80 slide-offs and wrecks.

-Berrien county reported dozens of crashes wIth a handful of slick spots along I-94.

-St. Joseph County had 25 traffic related incidents

-There were reports of a dozen incidents along the Interstate 80-90 tollroad, one involving a semi-truck that slid into a ditch, just east of Elkhart.


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