Rick Dawson

I-70 Westbound is blocked

February 3rd, 2009 at 9:26 am by under Breaking News

Westbound 70 between Greenfield and  Mt. Comfort is a parking lot.  Radio reports indicated a four car accident.  I’ve been stopped for the past 25 minutes with no movement.  Take it slow today.  Visibility is vitrually nil and the wind from the north is making the snow more horizontal than vertical.  (Update:  I’ve not moved in more than an hour now.  The interstate is now closed.)

Westbound on I-70 from Henry County

January 28th, 2009 at 11:44 am by under Breaking News

My typical 50 minute commute to WISH-TV took two and a half hours.  My rural road in Rush County hadn’t been plowed by 7:00am , but it’s so remote I didn’t expect it to be.  4WD drive was essential for the seven mile drive to the first state highway.  US 40 and SR 109 were just beginning to be cleared but were backfilling with snow quickly.  I-70 had one lane cleared but it was still quite slippery, 30 MPH was the top speed and any quick acceleration resulted in some fishtailing.  By the time I hit the Keystone/Rural exit, INDOT trucks were lining up in lockstep to clear lanes as the snow had just finished falling.