First winter snowfall causes crashes on interstates and side streets

Drivers urged to use caution on snowy roads

INDIANAPOLIS -  

The first day of winter on Friday brought an accumulation of 1 to 3 inches of snow in central Indiana, causing slick and hazardous road conditions for Hoosiers during the morning commute.

Snow fell overnight Thursday into Friday morning, causing already slick roads to become icy as early-bird drivers took to side streets and interstates.

Several slide-offs and crashes were reported on Interstate 65, including a major crash on I-65 northbound near THE Scott County/Jackson County line. The ramp was shut down for about two hours as crews worked to clear the scene. The northbound lanes of I-65 reopened just after 8:30 a.m., Indiana State Police said.

AAA spokesman Greg Seiter said the icy conditions came as many drivers started on their holiday travels.

"Locally, things are going to be very busy. Indiana is extremely reflective of what takes place throughout the Midwest, generally speaking. With 90 percent of all travelers going by automobile, we expect that our roadways are going to be very busy," Seiter said.

Motorists were advised to use caution on slick roads and to leave for home, work or school earlier than normal.

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