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By Kelli Stopczynski (kstopczynski@wsbt.com) | March 14, 2012
If you drive the Indiana Toll Road, you know it's a huge thoroughfare for semis taking products from coast-to-coast.  But could more businesses be developed along the toll road corridor?  A recent economic study from Ball State University says that answer is yes. The study says the toll road is unique for several reasons: it's one of the longest toll roads in the country, and it's anchored by Chicago - the largest city along a toll road.  Researchers also say 1/3 of Indiana's economic activity happens in the northern region of the state, and all the open fields and larger urban areas are very diverse - making the toll road corridor a perfect place for development.  The Tire Rack is already located near the toll road.  Company Vice President Matt Edmonds said his family chose to build there not because of its location close to the busy interstate, but because the site was very developable and it was close to the family.  But over time, the company expanded much more than expected.  It ships across the country on a daily basis.
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By Kelli Stopczynski (kstopczynski@wsbt.com) | November 2, 2011
Police say a man was convicted last Friday night for having 40 kilos of cocaine hidden in a Rolls Royce and Mercedes Benz he was transporting in his semi trailer. The street value of the drugs was over $4 million. The conviction of Patrick Austin stems from an Indiana State Police stop on the Indiana Toll Road back in April. A trooper noticed something on Austin's trailer didn't match his truck, and when they ran his info they saw his name placed on a list of possible drug transporters.  Two years ago, Austin was caught with $1 Million in cash hidden in cars he was transporting on his semi, but investigators couldn't prove that money was drug-related.
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WSBT-TV Report | October 19, 2011
Double and triple semi trailers are banned on the Toll Road from 4 p.m. Wednesday until noon Thursday from the 1 mile marker (Illinois state line) to the 72 mile marker (South Bend/US 31 exit) because of high winds. The ban does not affect any flatbed steel haulers. Indiana State Police are re-evaluating tomorrow at 8 a.m., but right now the ban is set to be in place until noon Thursday. 
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By Don Wagner dwagner@wsbt.com | WSBT-TV | November 13, 2012
LAPORTE COUNTY - More traffic problems on the Indiana Toll Road. Four hours after two semis, including a FedEx rig, were involved in a crash in the eastbound lanes at mile marker 62 (the St. Joseph County/LaPorte County line), 3 tractor-trailer crashed about 8 miles to the west at mile marker 54. One of the trucks was hauling a load of flour, which spilled all over the highway. The second crash happened just before 2:30 p.m. State Police say both lanes were closed for awhile while the flour and debris could be cleaned up. Amber Ketting of the ITR Concession Company told WSBT shortly before 5 p.m. that one eastbound lane had been opened.
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WSBT-TV Report | November 28, 2010
Three of four people who were taken to the hospital after a crash on the Indiana Toll Road in Elkhart County on Saturday remain in area hospitals Sunday, Indiana State Police report in a news release. The other person was treated and released.  All the victims are from out of state. The four people were taken to the hospital after the accident at the 92.9 mile marker ( near Indiana 19) about 3:20 p.m., two by helicopter. State Police say the driver of a Toyota heading east lost control of his vehicle, crossed the median and crashed head-on into a Kia in the westbound lane.
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WSBT-TV Report | December 11, 2012
ELKHART COUNTY - At least 1 person has been seriously hurt after a car and semi collided on the Indiana Toll Road in Elkhart County. It happened at 10:35 a.m. Tuesday at mile marker 98 in the eastbound lanes near the County Road 17 exit. MedFlight was called to helicopter a patient to the hospital, and a landing zone was being set up at the nearby RV Hall of Fame. Diesel fuel spilled from the truck, so traffic is encouraged to avoid that area. WSBT has a crew on the way and will have further updates soon.
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By Ashley Henderson (ahenderson@wsbt.com) | June 26, 2011
ST. JOSEPH COUNTY -- A semi truck carrying meat caught on fire Sunday afternoon on the Indiana Toll Road which caused traffic to halt in one direction. According to St. Joseph County Police dispatch, the semi caught on fire just before 2 p.m. in the vicinity of exit 121, which is the Howe, Ind. exit on the Indiana Toll Road. Police say eastbound traffic was stopped as crews worked to extinguish the fire. There were no injuries as a result of the incident.
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By Don Wagner dwagner@wsbt.com | WSBT-TV | July 12, 2012
ELKHART COUNTY - A routine traffic stop on the Indiana Toll Road didn't quite end the way the people in the car or State Police expected. Trooper Ted Bohner Wednesday stopped a 1999 Honda Accord near the 90-mile marker in Elkhart. The traffic stop quickly changed direction after Tpr. Bohner talked with the driver and passenger. The car was stopped for a moving violation. However, during the course of the traffic stop, Bohner became suspicious of the occupants' story when they told him they drove from Philadelphia to Merrillville to go shopping at the mall.
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By Kristin Bien (kbien@wsbt.com) | June 29, 2011
Indiana's governor is celebrating the five-year anniversary of Major Moves: the biggest infrastructure project in state history. The project was paid for with the lease of the Indiana Toll Road. But a new report suggests the company that leases it may have financial struggles. Governor Mitch Daniels toured the state Wednesday - touting what Major Moves has done for the state. One of the projects includes the new U.S. 31 from South Bend to Indianapolis. The billions of dollars to pay for projects like that came from leasing the Toll Road.
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