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Indiana and Ohio's first snowfall creates 'headache' for police, drivers

Slick road conditions caused by snow on Veterans Day created problems for drivers and police who responded to an excess of calls for assistance.

Posted: Nov 12, 2019 10:35 PM
Updated: Nov 13, 2019 10:29 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — There were few problems for drivers Tuesday afternoon in Allen County, but the previous 24 hours were anything but routine for officers and drivers.

Fort Wayne Police reported over a hundred calls for service in an eight hour period, and weren't the only agency seeing an uptick in calls.

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Rosales-Scatena said officers were forced to respond to calls based on importance, and even asked some minor accidents to 'deal with individually."

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"I don't know if people forget that we have to slow down, and be patient," says Sgt. Sofia Rosales-Scatena with the FWPD. "I'm not sure where the breakdown is but there is one."

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Dekalb County officers responded to 27 accidents due to slick conditions from noon on Monday to noon Tuesday.

Stueben County responded to 27 accidents, Indiana State Polce and Whitley both reported more than 20 slide-offs, and Kosciusko reponded to more than 41 calls for service.

"It just becomes way too much for our officers to handle the accidents and the original calls for service," says Rosales-Scatena.

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