Indiana State Police ask drivers to stay off the road

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The Indiana State Police and the Indiana Department of Transportation are urging all drivers to stay off of the roads.

The slick roads sent a Ford Focus into a stop sign.

It was just one of many weather related accidents.

One person was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Indiana State Police Corporal Robert Leffert said, “The risk is out there.”

But city crews and the Indiana Department of Transportation are out across Michiana trying to clear roads fast.

“In that area right now we have several hundred plows and salt trucks on the road,” said Media Spokesperson for INDOT’s Northwest District Matt Deitchley.

Drivers are encouraged to stick to main roads because residential streets are proving to be problematic.

INDOT said all of their trucks have been out for the last 24 hours and will continue to work until all streets are cleared.

But drivers have to do their part as well, and drive with caution.

“With a storm like this, we can have every single plow on the road and be working as hard as we can and still it’s hard to stay ahead of it,” Deitchley said.

There are also a lot of accidents on the toll road.

“From the Illinois to Ohio line we’ve been dealing with slide offs and minor crashes,” said Corporal Leffert.

Fortunately he said none of them appear to be too serious.

INDOT has reached every area in the Northwest District.

But keep in mind INDOT only works on state routes, US routes, and interstate routes.

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