Icy roads cause back ups along I-65 North

Drivers along northern portions of Interstate 65 faced a dilemma Wednesday evening: Take a detour or risk waiting in backed up traffic for hours.

Posted: Jan 24, 2018 5:32 PM
Updated: Jan 25, 2018 10:12 AM

JASPER CO., Ind. (WLFI) -- Drivers along northern portions of Interstate 65 faced a dilemma Wednesday evening: Take a detour or risk waiting in backed up traffic for hours.

Jasper County has been under a travel advisory most of the day, due to ice. That ice has caused multiple slide-offs and traffic jams.

"Semis were flipped over," said driver Emily Hess. "It was just a hot mess."

Hess' trip to Minneapolis hit a roadblock Wednesday afternoon.

"It was just a standstill of just semis stacked up on each other the whole way down," she said. "I mean, five miles down."

I-65 between Lafayette and Roselawn became a sea of vehicles after black ice caused multiple slide-offs.

The conditions were a shock to driver Rachel Lanagan.

"Usually the state of Indiana is very good at telling everyone to stay off the roads, state of emergency, but this caught us all off guard," Lanagan said. "We were not prepared for this at all."

The interstate wasn't the only spot plagued with problems due to ice. The Hoosier Heartland in Carroll County saw its fair share of slide-offs.

"It gets really slick very quickly," said driver Zoe Martin.

Some drivers were stuck for up to two hours, but Martin said she was lucky to travel there later in the day.

"It wasn't very slick," said Martin "It was pretty clear. There weren't very many cars out though."

Lanagan has some advice for those preparing to head north on I-65.

"Take the side streets," she said. "Use Google maps or another GPS service. Do not get on 65 unless you're going south."

If you do need to take the interstate, allow yourself plenty of time and prepare to wait in gridlock.

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