Between Thursday evening, December 22 through Sunday morning, December 25, northwest Indiana experienced the most hazardous weather conditions in years.
Wind gusts up to 45mph, nearly 36 hours of minus-zero degree temperatures, and snow combined to make holiday travel a nightmare for motorists and for state police. White-out conditions existed on some stretches of I/80-94 and I-65.
Sgt. Glen Fifield, Public Information Officer for the Indiana State Police Lowell District #13 tallied 427 incidents.
“Troopers found themselves responding to crashes, slide offs, and stranded motorists from Thursday afternoon through Sunday morning. All of us at the Indiana State Police Post would like to thank several agencies, but if we try to name them all we would leave someone out. Several local police departments assisted with checking on motorists on I-80/94 and I-65,” Sgt. Fifield said in a statement.
Property Damage Crashes – 153
Crashes Involving Injuries – 28
Slide Offs (non-damage but tow required) – 83
Assist Motorists – 157
Impaired Drivers – 5
Troopers Injured – 1
“We specifically want to tip our caps to the Indiana Department of Transportation who were working around the clock, doing their best to make the roads simply passable in some locations. Their battle with the winds and arctic temperatures made their work seem futile, but they persevered and didn’t stop plowing. And finally, a thank you to all the tow agencies that responded and towed vehicles in weather elements not seen in years,” Sgt. Fifield said.