FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Hazardous weather conditions have caused numerous crashes Wednesday as crews work to keep the roads as safe as possible.
Indiana State Police (ISP) previously reported a portion of I-469 between I-69 and Maplecrest Road had been shut down earlier Wednesday after multiple crashes before eventually opening back up.
ISP said troopers responded to a two-vehicle crash involving a semitruck at approximately 12:20 p.m., and ISP said the semitruck “apparently left the scene.”
Due to the crash and the hazardous road conditions, another trooper positioned himself on the shoulder of I-469 near the scene in order to warn approaching vehicles about the crash.
However, ISP said the warning did not deter traffic, which resulted in multiple crashes along a short stretch of I-469.
As a result, ISP chose to shut down a six-mile stretch of I-469 from I-69 to state Route 37 in an attempt to handle the crashes.
ISP said there were five crashes with significant property damage, one minor injury crash, and numerous vehicles involved in “fender benders.”
The crashes caused the southbound lanes of I-469 in that stretch to be shut down for more than two hours, according to ISP.