INDIANAPOLIS — Snow and rain made for a messy Sunday on Indianapolis roads.
“The roads were really bad this morning coming down from Carmel,” said driver Dylan Cregar.
Roads were slippery Sunday, as the city weathered its sixth snowfall of an inch or more this winter.
“I saw a lot of slideoffs, people on the side of the road. Yeah it was bad,” said Cregar.
Multiple counties in central indiana issued travel advisories because of the road conditions.
“We didn’t come down until about the afternoon; it was a little slick,” said driver M.J. Meneley.
“We did pass a lot of slideoffs and wrecks. People were turned around on the meridian. So they were pretty bad,” said driver Adrienne Johnson
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department alone responded to 224 crashes,24 of those slideoffs.
State police responded to 72 crashes over 12 hours. Eight of those involved people who were hurt.
The Indiana Department of Transportation and the Indianapolis Department of Public Works both had crews out plowing roads, but after seeing the crashes, some drivers wondered if more could have been done by road crews.
“It got heavy downfall pretty fast. I think they should have realized, ‘OK, this is going to be worse than what it is, so we should probably get out there and do something about it,’” said Johnson.
Other drivers said they think roads crews did what they could, as the snow and all that comes with it are just part of life on the roads in central Indiana.
“Temperatures were close to freezing. They were talking about the snow and the rain, and everything. It was kind of a, ‘If you got it, you did,’ kind of thing. It’s kind of hard to tell when to plow that kind of stuff. I don’t hold it against the city,” said Alex Robertson, who lives in Indianapolis.
Police on Sunday urged drivers to give plows and salt trucks enough room on the roads.
Story by Jenny Dreasler
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