BURNS HARBOR, Ind. (CBS) — Northwest Indiana was hit particularly tough by the wintertime storm and serious chilly Thursday and Friday – and parts remained underneath a blizzard warning Friday night.
As CBS 2’s Jermont Terry documented, Indiana Point out Law enforcement have suggested persons to stay off certain highways, some of which remained blocked due to before crashes.
Independent crashes blocked portions of Interstate 94 and Interstate 65 in northwest Indiana via the working day and into the evening on Friday, as frigid temperatures and superior winds led to unsafe driving ailments.
The eastbound lanes of Interstate 94 in northwest Indiana were blocked near Chesterton, right after a semi tanker truck crashed and rolled above amid snowy and windy conditions, in accordance to Indiana Condition Police.
Indiana Point out Police said a tanker truck rolled in excess of soon ahead of noon in the eastbound lanes of I-94 west of the State Street 49, near Chesterton. All eastbound lanes had been nevertheless blocked as late as 10 p.m., and would be for many far more several hours.
The tanker was carrying sodium hydroxide, a caustic chemical involved in the production of cleaning soap. The existence of the chemical prompted a hazardous resources reaction ahead of the truck could be eliminated from the highway.
The lead to of the crash was unfamiliar, but a coating of snow was visible on the interstate at the time, and CBS 2 Chief Meteorologist Albert Ramon reported wind gusts as potent as 60 mph have been getting claimed Friday afternoon in nearby Gary, Indiana.
In addition, I-94 was closed for several hrs in Michigan at the Niles exit, thanks to a number of crashes and the weather.
Meantime, all around 10:15 a.m., a truck crash on I-65 in the vicinity of Lowell left all southbound lanes blocked for several several hours, right before however one more crash all over 3 p.m., involving many cars and a semi, blocked all southbound lanes of I-65 in the exact same spot. The obstruction remained for hrs afterward.
Drivers claimed their journey times approximately doubled, and they ended up seeking their ideal to maneuver the vacation havoc.
“We’re coming from Valpo, so we’re on the expressway – had a lady in a ditch we attempted to enable get out. She finished up in fact breaking her axle trying to get her out. There is a semi turned about on the other facet of the expressway, 80, heading south,” stated William Asbell of Portage, Indiana. “So we are heading household now. We just stopped and obtained Subway. It can be just awful – ice just about everywhere, dangerous circumstances.”
Indiana State Police are dealing with so lots of accidents it can be hard to track.