Area police reported slick, hazardous road conditions and numerous crashes including one involving a state trooper Wednesday morning as snow fell across the region.
Indiana State Police for the Lowell District said they responded to numerous slide-offs and spinouts on area expressways.
A trooper was hit about 10 a.m. while he was responding to a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 65 just south of the U.S. 30 exit, police said. He was stopped in his 2010 unmarked Indiana State Police Ford Crown Victoria that was on the outer shoulder of the road with the emergency lights activated.
Melldoran Rambo, 61, of Star City, Ind., was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Colorado pickup on the northbound left lane of I-65 when a semitruck cut him off causing him to brake aggressively, police said. Rambo lost control of his car and spun out across all lanes of I-65.
Rambo's car hit the left rear of the squad car of Master Trooper Aaron Segrest, police said.
Segrest, a 29-year Indiana State Police veteran, was taken to St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart with non-life threatening injuries, police said.
Rambo and his passenger, Kay Rambo, 62, also of Star City, Ind., were taken to Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus in Merrillville with non-life threatening injuries, police said.
The crash prompted troopers to temporarily close a lane of I-65.
Earlier in the day, state police responded about 8 a.m. to a crash involving a semi and several vehicles on the eastbound Borman Expressway at Grant Street. That crash had the three right lanes blocked for about an hour.
Indiana State Police for the Toll Road reported similar conditions, with several slide-offs and rollover crashes. Police responded just after 8 a.m. to a rollover accident on the westbound Toll Road at the 24.4 mile marker near the Portage exit.
Police said three people were in that vehicle. The extent of their injuries was not immediately known.
At O'Hare International Airport, 1.7 inches of snow accumulated Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. There weren't any snowfall totals for Northwest Indiana as of Wednesday night.
Lake, Porter, Newton, Jasper and Cook counties remained under a hazardous weather outlook Wednesday because of the possibility of river flooding.
Temperatures are expected to rise to 32 degrees Thursday with a low of 19 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Friday will have a high of 44 degrees and a low of 27 degrees.
There is a possibility of snow returning to the area late Friday into Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
This winter already ranks as the third coldest in Chicago with an average of 18.8 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. The season has been ranked the third snowiest winter with a snowfall of 67.4 inches as of Feb. 28.
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