TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Monday’s storm delivered 7.9 inches of snow, causing problems for drivers as they headed out for their morning and evening commutes.
Many drivers called towing companies to help them jump start their car batteries. Some people damaged their tires after running over some objects in the road.
“The majority of everything we’re seeing is winch outs,” said Durr’s Towing Company Tim Enyeart. “People pulling onto side roads that are deeper than what they think it is, and they get stuck there or people people trying to pull out of their driveways.”
The Indiana State Police said they were extremely busy — as of 1 p.m. Tuesday, they had responded to 26 slide-offs and five crashes that caused injuries.
Two crashes on Monday shut down part of I-70 for about two hours. The accidents happened at the 18 and 46 mile-markers.
“We’re still continuing to see people sliding off the interstate. As of right now, the interstate is starting to get a lot better,” said Indiana State Police Sergeant Matt Ames. “The problem is that people think that it’s clear. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of black ice out there. People are just coming up traveling approximately 70 to 75 miles an hour. They hit that black ice and they go into an uncontrollable spin.”
For towing companies, they have been doing their best to get to everyone in need despite side street conditions.
“We still get our regular calls. That’s what is making everything kind of hard right now that we’re getting all our regular calls on top of the people who are sliding off or the people with a dead battery,” said Enyeart.
Tausha Beck, dispatch supervisor for Durr’s, said from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, they had received well over 100 calls from residents in need of help.