Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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January 21, 2011

Accident litter I-74 on Thursday

-- — The Decatur County Sheriff’s Department and Indiana State Police barely had a chance to grab a cup of coffee and warm up Thursday as the snow turned roads into treacherous routes for motorists. According to the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department (DCSD), reports of slide offs and accidents filled the dispatch center throughout the day. Accidents began just after dawn when one on Interstate 74 turned into several on the stretch between Greensburg and New Point. According to the DCSD, an eastbound semi lost control near the 136 milemarker on I-74, jumped the median, slid into the westbound lanes and slammed into the path of two oncoming semis. The out-of-control semi t-boned one semi while the other skidded into the median. The crashed semis cut off the westbound lane, causing a complete closure of the interstate. The driver who lost control was slightly injured and complained of pain, according to Chief Deputy Brian McCullough, who was at the scene. He was transported to Decatur County Memorial Hospital. While the DCSD and Indiana State Police worked to clear the wreckage and re-open the highway, more accidents compounded the dangers on the roadway. According to the DCSD, about a mile east, a westbound semi and car became tangled in an accident, followed by two eastbound semis at the 141 milemarker that slid off into the median. Further back, another eastbound semi slid into a car, causing those lanes to slow to a crawl as well. In all, McCullough said by mid-day, there were about seven accidents that had slowed traffic on I-74. It took the ISP and DCSD until about 1 p.m. to re-open I-74. About two hours later, another car took a spill. A westbound car crashed into the median and flipped about a mile west of New Point. The driver was transported to DCMH but the extent of the injuries was unknown.

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