Icy, snow-covered roads cause crashes, slow a.m. commute

2014-04-15T10:02:00Z 2014-04-15T23:14:10Z Icy, snow-covered roads cause crashes, slow a.m. commuteTimes Staff nwitimes.com
April 15, 2014 10:02 am  • 

As much as 5 inches of snow fell in some parts of the region Monday night into Tuesday morning, causing multiple accidents on area roadways.

Indiana State Police for the Toll Road said they were actively working 20 crashes at 6:30 a.m. The eastbound lanes of the Toll Road remain closed at the 26 mile marker just east of Willowcreek Road near Portage due to trucks unable to maneuver on the ice there, state police said.

Indiana State Police for the Lowell District said they responded to multiple crashes Tuesday morning.

Traffic on U.S. 231 from Arizona Street to Broadway near Crown Point was at a halt due to thick ice on the roadway, Lake County police said. U.S. 30 from Hobart to Schererville was littered with slide-offs and spin-outs Tuesday morning as well.

Highland, Hobart and St. John police dispatchers said police there responded to multiple slide-offs, spin-outs and crashes throughout the morning.

The snow marked the first April snowfall in the Chicago area since April 18, 2011, the National Weather Service said. Early snowfall totals in the region ranged form half an inch in Crete to 5 inches in Crown Point. Gary recorded 1.3 inches, Valparaiso 2 inches and LaPorte 1 inch.

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