Crashes, road conditions lead to closure of I-65 in Ind. on Tuesday

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Posted on January 21, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 21 at 4:16 PM

CLARK CO., Ind. (WHAS11) -- Both directions of Interstate 65 have reopened south of U.S. 31 (Exit 76) at Edinburgh and Taylorsville, but some counties along the corridor have declared travel watches or warnings advising essential or emergency travel. Drivers should reduce their speed according to conditions and anticipate delays and lane closures. For updated travel advisories reported by county authorities, visit www.in.gov/dhs/traveladvisory.

INDOT and Indiana State Police districts in southern Indiana closed I-65 from Memphis to Taylorsville after 9 a.m. Tuesday morning, Jan. 21, due to crashes and low visibility. Strong winds resulted in blowing snow, reduced visibility and colder temperatures.

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"The road crews are out doing the best they can to scrape the roads, but it's freezing underneath and the plows are really only going to do so much along with the drop in temp, the salt isn't going to be as effective. It's going to be bad, with ice and hazardous driving conditions," Capt. James Haehl, with the Clark Co. Sheriff's Office, said.

Northbound lanes of the interstate had reopened by noon, but traffic remained back up at the Sellersburg exit.

"Here, it's really a mess. I've been stuck here a while," Marzena Lutowski, from Alabama said. "We were cruising a long time and literally, the wind came across the road and it went to zero visibility," Daniel Cook who was making his way to Chicago said.

A semi jackknifed just south of Memphis and was one of many seen throughout the area as white out conditions blanketed the morning commute.

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"They need to slow down. I've seen jackknifes, 18 wheelers all up through here, because they're in a hurry. Take your time, slow down and keep your distance between people and they'd be a lot better off," Hillard said.

Haehl says response times for roadside assistance jumped from 20 minutes to an hour in some areas.


 

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