LAPORTE — Dispatchers in LaPorte County were busy when lanes on I-94 westbound shutdown after a series of accidents.
Like the snowfall outside, calls into the LaPorte County 911 dispatch center came through fast and furious.
"We just knew it was going to be a busy day," said Paige Young, La Porte County 911 dispatcher. "We think it's so funny that they think they can drive 55 miles an hour. They think they can drive in the snowdrifts."
On a day like Wednesday, Young packed her patience.
No matter how the conditions looked outside, it seemed drivers did not.
"It happens every year. They just think they can drive like it's a sunny, dry day out," she said.
Between 10 and 11 a.m., dispatchers dealt with a surge in calls from people stranded on county roads and highways. Dispatchers also handled a number of calls about the accidents that led to backups on Interstate 94.