Drivers asked to take it slow as snow falls

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. (WISH) — Snow has been falling in Montgomery County since 7:45 p.m. Monday. US 231 in Crawfordsville was quickly snow covered, but INDOT crews were out on the road.

Late Monday, 24-Hour News 8 was with INDOT as they were getting prepared for the snow.

Just before the snow started to fall, drivers loaded their trucks with salt and checked to make sure the trucks were ready before hitting the road.

One INDOT driver said his biggest concern isn’t clearing the snow off the roads, but other drivers who are out on the road.

“They should stay back, away from us a little bit. We run between 25-29 mile an hour and they need to slow down when we are out there. We can’t always see as well as people think we can in those big trucks and we’re blinded just the way they are,” Ricky Sheldon said.

INDOT said they will have about 100 drivers working 12 hour shifts throughout the western part of the state.

A new shift of drivers will come on board at midnight and will plow the interstate and state roads.

“If you get a 3 inch snow with a lot of wind behind it, you’re going to be chasing that snow for the next four or five days trying to keep it off the road, where it blows the road shut again,” said Sheldon.

Sheldon has been working for INDOT for over 11 years. He said he looks forward to this time of year, to help make the roads safer.

As the snow starts to accumulate, drivers are being warned to take it slow. Richard Voss of Leslie, Missouri, said driving in the snow can be difficult because it’s hard to stop his semi in the winter weather.

“Give everybody plenty of room. The roads are getting slick; it’s really hard to control everything. If somebody wipes out in front of a big truck, it ain’t no stopping,” Voss said.

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