Hammond resident Tammy Logan was tired but safely back home Monday morning after being stranded in her car for more than 15 hours overnight along U.S. 30 with her sister and her sister's two young children.
Logan said she and her sister, Shannon Willett, had picked up Willett's children in Wanatah and were on their way home at 5:30 p.m. when traffic in the westbound lanes of the highway came to a halt shortly after they crossed into Porter County.
While she did not expect the delay to be long at first, the hours began passing without any idea when they would be allowed to proceed.
"We were channel surfing to find something on the radio," Logan said.
She was able to stay in contact with her husband, Butch Logan, by cell phone throughout the night. But while the others slept, Tammy Logan said she stayed awake.
"You don't want to fall asleep when you have two small children in the car," Logan said.
The four had no food or water, but did have a full tank of gasoline in their Nissan Altima that allowed them to run the engine all night to stay warm.
As the night wore on, Tammy Logan said she watched as drifting snow covered a car ahead of her. Her own vehicle was partly protected by a semitrailer, but snow did rise as high as the front grille.
Tammy Logan said it was not until 7:30 a.m. Monday before a Porter County police officer checked on their status and another couple of hours before they were allowed to drive away.
Butch Logan said, "To me, that seems pretty crazy they wouldn't let them turn around."
While fatigued, Tammy Logan planned to get back into a car Monday to pick up her daughter from Chicago's Midway Airport for her son's graduation today from Purdue University Calumet.
"I will make my husband drive today," Logan said.
Portions of U.S. 30 in Porter and LaPorte counties remained impassable Monday because of heavy snow and blowing conditions, according to the Indiana Department of Transportation.
INDOT is urging drivers to stay off roads unless it's an emergency.