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another u.s. 20 fatality

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 15:31 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

One person was killed Tuesday when a car slid on a snow slickened U.S 20 into the path of a semi truck in LaPorte County.

The crash happened about 11:30 a.m. near Range Road on a stretch of U.S 20 where a high number of fatal and serious injury motor vehicle accidents have occurred this year.

LaPorte County sheriff John Boyd said the westbound victim slid on a snow and slush covered pavement into the path of an eastbound semi truck.

''He was killed on impact,'' Boyd said.

Boyd said the four lane highway remained open during the investigation and clean-up of the crash site.

The name of the deceased was not immediately released.

Only a couple of inches or less of lake effect snow had fallen since midnight just prior to the crash but conditions at times were extremely hazardous from snow being heavy at times and up to 40 mile per hour wind gusts.

Many drivers encountered sunshine and wet pavement one minute then suddenly restricted visibility from snow along with blowing and drifting.

''Don't think you can drive on a day like today at normal highway speeds. That just isn't safe,'' Boyd said.

Ian Nelson, chief deputy marshal in Westville, said the conditions there were similar and less than an inch of snow had fallen there by late morning.

''When the wind kicks up, it'll start blowing the loose snow around. So far, it hasn't been too terrible,'' Nelson said.

According to police, the number of fatalities countywide this year now stands at 19 with 12 of those happening on U.S 20 from U.S 35 near Michigan City to U.S 20 east of Rolling Prairie.

Center line rumble strips were put in on that four lane stretch of U.S 20 by the Indiana Department of Transportation in late August in response to the high number of bad motor vehicles collisions.
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