Counties issue travel restrictions as blizzard sweeps through

Counties issue alerts

INDIANAPOLIS - Crashes mired traffic on central Indiana highways Wednesday and several counties issued travel restrictions as falling snow and high winds made driving treacherous.

Numerous counties issued travel warnings Wednesday afternoon restricting travel to emergency vehicles only. In central Indiana, those counties included Brown, Henry, Wayne, Greene, Johnson, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Owen, Decatur and Shelby counties were under a travel warning, which restricts travel to emergency vehicles only.

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Several other counties, including Marion County, were under a travel watch, with only essential travel recommended, or a travel advisory, where drivers were urged to stay home. That was later downgraded to an advisory. 

Near Lafayette, northbound Interstate 65 was shut down near the 174 mile marker after a crash involving at least two tractor-trailers and six other vehicles. No injures were immediately reported.

Nearby, southbound I-65 was closed for several hours at the 179 MM, north of SR 43, due to a crash involving at least six vehicles, including three tractor-trailers.

Outside Bloomington, State Road 37 southbound at the Monroe-Morgan county line was at a standstill for several hours Wednesday morning with 40 cars stuck in the snow.

In Indianapolis, a trooper was working a crash at Interstate 465 eastbound when his car was struck three times. He was not injured.

Ten Indiana National Guard Highway Assistance Teams, each with four team members and two humvees, were mobilized across the state, and more than 100 national guard personnel were responding to the story.

Indianapolis police asked officers with four-wheel drive vehicles to bring their personal vehicles to work.

People who were hoping to fly in our out of Indianapolis encountered problems at the height of the storm.

There were dozens of canceled flights.

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