Snow has proven dangerous across the state of Indiana Sunday, as several major highways were shut down due to multiple crashes.
Up to 50 vehicles were involved in a crash on I-70 westbound in Putnam County, according to Indiana State Police. Reported injuries are not serious, ranging from pain and lacerations to possible fractures, police say. All westbound lanes have been closed for the past few hours as troopers continue to deal with the clean-up.
In a separate incident, all lanes of northbound I-65 in Lebanon, Boone County reopened Sunday evening after a reported 60 vehicles were involved in multiple crashes across a stretch of the highway from the 138 to 140 mile marker, according to multiple agencies investigating. With at least 10 people transported to area hospitals, no injuries at this time are believed to be life-threating, authorities say.
Boone County Corporal Art Naekel told the Associated Press that poor visibility on I-65 led to an initial 5-vehicle crash around 2 p.m. that slowed traffic to a standstill, followed by another collision involving dozens of other vehicles. The Boone County Sheriff’s Department, Lebanon Police Department, and Indiana State Police are all involved. Lanes reopened shortly after 5 p.m.
All lanes NB I-65 at the 138mm are now open. INDOT has applied abrasives and salt. Motorist should still use extreme caution while traveling — Indiana State Police (@IndStatePolice) February 14, 2016
Several additional multi-vehicle crashes later Sunday led to the closing of westbound Interstate 74 between Greensburg and Shelbyville.