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Overnight snow and ice cause dozens of accidents, one fatal

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A quick burst of overnight snowfall and icy roads in Central Indiana resulted in dozens of accidents Monday morning.

Indiana State Police estimate approximately 60 accidents occured Monday.  On an average day, police estimate approximately 20 to 30 accidents. 

The first of many accidents was in Boone County just south of Lebanon.

Multiple vehicles slid off of I-65 requiring Boone County deputies to close a section of the road for a short time. There were no serious injuries in any of the slide-offs.

In Marion County, it was a much different story.

Among the multiple overnight crashes around the Indianapolis area, crews were investigating a fatal single-vehicle accident on the south side of the city.

Just after 3 a.m. Monday, police said the driver of a black SUV apparently slid out of the northbound lanes of I-65, on the bridge passing over I-465.

The SUV hit a guard rail, throwing the male driver out onto the highway.

Three passengers in the car suffered injuries, including a broken leg, cuts and back pain.

Police said the car was from Wisconsin and the driver was a man, likely in his 30’s.

Officers also said they found alcohol containers inside the vehicle.

However, they initially believe icy driving conditions caused the driver to lose control.

Police were also urging caution to all drivers around the Indianapolis area.

Black ice was blamed for several crashes during the overnight hours.

The Indianapolis Department of Transportation (INDOT) advises drivers to use caution when traveling and to be prepared before leaving your home.  

INDOT gives the following tips for driving in winter weather:

First Snow or Ice:  Drivers often aren’t prepared for winter driving and forget to take it slow.  Remember to drive well below the posted speed limit and leave plenty of room between cars.

Black Ice:  Roads that seem dry may actually be slippery – and dangerous.  Take it slow when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges or shady areas – all are hot spots for black ice.  Remember, Ice and Snow, Take it Slow.

Limited Visibility: Stay attentive and reduce speed.  Know what’s going on around you.

Four-Wheel Drive: On snow and ice, go slowly, no matter what type of vehicle you drive.  Even if you have an SUV with four-wheel drive you may not be able to stop any faster, or maintain control any better, once you lose traction.  Four-wheel drive may get you going faster, but it won’t help you stop sooner.

For more safety tips, click here.

To check the conditions of county roads, click here.

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