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Slippery conditions caused numerous traffic headaches for motorists this morning in the region. Tipsters were reporting multiple vehicle spin outs and crashes all over area roadways, that resulted in some roads being shut down for a time. Indiana State Police report six vehicles collided on I-65 northbound near the Merrillville exit. Authorities report several people were transferred to area hospitals, but that none of the injuries appear to life threatening at this time.
Meanwhile NICTD reports all train service has been suspended for most of the day due to a crash this morning on I-90 involving a semi that reportedly lost its load of steel on the tracks east of the Gary Metro Station. While no passenger trains were involved, there is extensive damage to the overhead wire and track, and South Shore maintenance crews are working to get the issue resolved.
Finally, authorities spent over two-hours this morning dealing with a reported truck fire just south of Kouts. Porter County dispatch reports State Road 49 was closed to traffic, from East 900 South to north to the Kouts Public Branch Library. Tipsters reporting traffic coming into Porter County from Jasper County on State Road 49 was detoured away from the scene. No further information is available at this time.
Authorites remind motorists to slow down when weather conditions deteriorates the road conditions, and that if you are involved in a crash on a busy highway, the safest place to be is in your vehicle.
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