TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Snow storms in the Wabash Valley created problems for not only drivers but workers who clean the roads as well.
Sergeant Matt Ames of the Indiana State Police reports that there have been 32 slide offs, 39 property damage accidents and eight personal injury accidents during the week of the storms.
“It was definitely a crazy week. We had one of the biggest snow storms we’ve had in over a decade,” said Jason Tiller, communications director for southwest Indiana INDOT. “It was definitely challenging to fight at times especially when snow comes down on you as fast and as hard as it did.”
In the winter, Prox law Care in Terre Haute turns to snow plowing cleaning gas station parking lots, truck stops and even churches before moving to residential neighborhoods.
President & CEO of Prox Lawn Care Travis Norris says, it was important to keep his drivers rested but also on the roads to help ensure safety for drivers.
“The average number of my employees was in that 48 and 56 hour range in that three or four days. A lot of hours in that short period of time,” said Norris. “You have to start looking at things like what times do businesses open and what businesses are open 24 hours.”
Morris says his company went through 10 skids of salt over the last week with each skid carrying 40-50 bags of salt.
“We haven’t used a whole lot of our materials just for the simple fact that we haven’t had that big event, but this one really tested us,” said Tiller. “We had a lot of new drivers out. We had a lot of new personnel on who may not have seen this type of event.”
Norris says though snow is melting drivers should continue to be cautious.