FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Freezing rain around the Fort Wayne area led to slick conditions and, as a result, dozens of crashes Monday.
According to the Fort Wayne Police Department’s activity log, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., there were 33 crashes, 11 crashes with injuries, and 8 hit-and-run crashes in Fort Wayne. As of 11 p.m., an additional 19 crashes have been reported, but it is unclear if they are weather-related.
At about 6:50 a.m., a semi rolled over on the ramp from westbound I-469 to southbound I-69 near the GM plant in southern Allen County. The ramp was shutdown while crews worked to clear the scene. I-69 southbound was also slowed or stopped. Police say the semi was hauling salt and the road was slick. The driver was taken to a hospital for treatment.
Several drivers also lost control on U.S. 24 south of Fort Wayne.
Around 10:45 a.m., a semi slid off northbound Interstate 69 near the Lima Road/S.R. 3 interchange and crashed over the guardrail.
Around the same time, a Toyota Corolla slid off icy C.R. 35 in Auburn and sheared off a utility pole. The driver suffered head, neck, and hip pain, according to a police report.
Allen, Whitley, Huntington, and Wells counties remain under a Travel Advisory, meaning you should exercise caution on the roads.
Wabash county remains under a Travel Watch, meaning only essential travel is recommended.
Workers with the Indiana Department of Transportation have been busy treating the roadways. About 120 INDOT trucks have been salting the roads at times.
Bernie Beier with the Allen County Department of Homeland Security says we are not out of the woods yet with regard to travel impacts. Temperatures below freezing will continue to create slick travel Monday night. Beier says “Even after salts come through, if there’s standing water, it can refreeze in a brief period of time just enough to make it slippery for cars. And that’s what I want to make sure everyone’s keenly aware of tonight… That those road conditions might have been good on your way to the store or on the way to wherever you went, and 30 minutes later they freeze back up in the same spot until those crews come back through and temperatures change.”
The side streets and overpasses will especially continue to be slick tonight. Even though the Winter Weather Advisory has ended, make sure you continue to take it slow and give yourself plenty of time in the morning.