Bus crash injures 21 as storm leaves snow-covered roads

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Indiana has had its first significant snowfall of the season. The storm that hit the state left roadways snow-covered and slick and caused numerous crashes, including a Greyhound bus that spun out of control on Interstate 65. No one was seriously hurt.

The storm also forced a Delta regional jet bound for Cincinnati to make an emergency landing this morning at the Indianapolis International Airport.

The pilot returned to Indianapolis shortly after takeoff when cockpit sensors detected ice buildup on the wing flaps. The plane landed safely seven minutes later.

The storm dropped 3 to 5 inches of snow on the state's northern and central counties, prompting dozens of schools to delay the start of classes or close for the day. Indiana State Police posts across northern and central Indiana reported scores of weather-related crashes as the winter storm moved across the region.

In Marion County, police responded to 175 crashes, 14 of which caused some kind of injury.

Virtually no snowfall was reported over the state's southern counties.

Weather Service meteorologist Crystal Pettet says no more snow is expected for now, but falling temperatures and gusty winds should make it tough on motorists.

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