AUBURN, Ind. (WFFT) — Wednesday night’s hazardous road conditions had state troopers from the Fort Wayne Post responding to numerous vehicle crashes and slide off situations across the northeast region.
One of those crashes involved a Trooper’s patrol car that was struck on Interstate 69 while investigating a previous crash.
At about 10:20 p.m. Wednesday, ISP says a trooper was on I-69 investigating a crash near the southbound 328.4 mile marker, just south of Auburn.
The trooper's patrol car was reportedly parked on the right shoulder of the southbound lanes providing traffic control with its lights on when a car lost control on the icy road and crashed into it.
Trooper Ben Walker’s preliminary investigation revealed that Timothy H. Jones, 49, of Fort Wayne was attempting to slow down as he approached the emergency vehicles at the initial crash scene.
Police say neither the trooper nor the other driver involved was injured during the crash.
Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene due to the amount of damage.
Indiana State Police issued the following statement warning drivers about preparing to drive in winter weather conditions:
As we enter into the winter weather season, the Indiana State Police would remind all motorists of the importance of driving with due regard for road and weather conditions, especially when approaching law enforcement and other emergency vehicles that are working on our roadways.
It is imperative that all motorists drive without distraction and pay attention to the dangers that may lie ahead, especially during inclement weather.
Too often Troopers find that a motorist that was unable to maintain control of their vehicle prior to a crash, was normally a motorist that was traveling too fast for the current conditions
Indiana traffic law specifically states and requires that motorists shall drive at a speed not greater than is reasonable and prudent for the given weather or road conditions…, and upon approaching an authorized emergency vehicle (a driver) shall proceed with due caution… and maintain a safe speed for road conditions...
Please remember to buckle up, reduce your speeds, and drive with due regard for the safety of yourself, your passengers, and other motorists sharing the road this winter season!