TERRE HAUTE Ind. (WAWV/WTWO)– From January to May of this year the Indiana State Police made a statement that 156 crashes occurred between the Illinois/Indiana line and Greencastle, Ind. on interstate 70.

Since 2017 a total of 1,098 crashes occurred on that same stretch of road, with 16 resulting in death, deeming it one of the deadliest roads in the nation.

Sgt. Matt Ames with the Indiana State Police said speed is a big factor. He said even going under the speed limit, especially in construction zones, can cause issues for traffic and for drivers.

People need to pay attention to the speed limit signs. If it’s a posted 45 mile an hour speed limit we ask for you to maintain that speed at that time, because what happens when you go through that construction zone at 25 mile an hour then that creates a back log for everyone trying to funnel through.”

ISP Sgt. Matt Ames

INDOT said they are aware of the recent fatalities and peak in crashes and are aware of the recent incidents. They said they are working with ISP to help keep the roads safer for drivers.

ISP said they’ve seen a rise in accidents this year and attribute it to timing and the amount of traffic during the cases.