An INDOT plow driver told WSBT that trucks were brought in from western counties to help clear the roads. "From Bremen going east on 30 to 19, it is pretty bad," said Mark Furno.
The thick, wet snow stuck to anything it touched, covering stop signs and coating power lines. Electricity in cities like Elkhart and Warsaw was disrupted when the lines could no longer handle the weight.
More rain than snow fell in St. Joseph County. Black ice and local flooding were the biggest concerns.
Even before the end of November, winter has roared into Michiana with a major snowstorm. Is this something we should expect the rest of the season? Make sure you have your window scrappers ready.
Accidents that happened around the area:
ELKHART COUNTY – A one car accident happened three miles outside of Bristol city limits early Wednesday morning.
According to police, Calsysta Myers, 19, was heading east on US 20 when she lost control and went off the road. She hit a home’s front porch in the 17000 block of US 20 and flipped onto the left side of her Dodge Ram truck.
Myers was transported to Goshen General Hospital, police say, for pain in the neck and head.
ELKHART COUNTY – One person seriously injured in a two car crash late Tuesday afternoon.
Police say that Paige White, 21, was heading east on CR 32 when she lost control of her car and struck 56-year-old Keith Main.
According to police, they found White trapped inside her car unconscious but breathing. She was taken to Goshen Hospital then later transported to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Her condition at the time is unknown.
ELKHART COUNTY – A three car crash happened in Goshen on Tuesday evening.
According to police, Donna Sloane, 51, was traveling at an unsafe speed for the road conditions and lost control of her Chevrolet Equinox. She hit Deborrah Madlem, 57, on the left rear side of her Ford Explorer.
Sloane then, police say, crossed the center line and hit a third SUV driven by John Cain, 50, from Mogadore, OH.
Each person involved in the crash suffered minor injuries.
MIDDLEBURY – Weather may be to blame for a crash this Wednesday morning just north of Middlebury.
It happened on State Road 120 near County Road 43. Police say a car was heading west on State Road 120 when the driver hit a patch of slick ice and went left of center.
The car ended up hitting a truck heading east head on. The truck was pulling a trailer full of cattle. The car was demolished but the trailer full of cows remained upright.
Police say the accident is a reminder to take it slow on the roads.
“Winter is back and we all need to remember the road conditions [change],” said Sgt. Mark Diamond, Elkhart County Police. “I mean the road looks like it’s pretty clean but you get into a shady spot, it could still have some ice on it because the roads are still wet. Everybody needs to remember that and slow down a little bit and making sure we are paying attention to what’s on the roads.”
The drivers of the car and the truck had minor injuries.
KOSCIUSKO COUNTY – The Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department sent out a weather statistics stating how many accidents, road hazards, and fire calls they were called out Tuesday evening.
Accidents/Crashes = 177
Road Hazards = 193
Fire Calls = 62
Total 911 calls received by the communication center = 380
The sheriff’s department collected this information at 8:30 Wednesday morning.