Multiple rollovers and a semi-truck crash reported on slick morning

No serious injuries were reported, but it was clear Friday morning that drivers were unprepared for slick road conditions. 

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 7:59 a.m. | Updated on March 21, 2014 at 10:44 a.m.

ELKHART — Emergency units responded to numerous traffic crashes throughout Elkhart County Friday morning, March 21, many of which were caused by the slick road conditions.

Todd Anderson, assistant director with the Elkhart County 911 Center, said 34 accidents and eight slide-offs were reported Friday morning. He said none of the crashes resulted in any serious injuries. 

Five crashes were reported Friday morning, including a rollover on John Weaver Parkway at about 7:18 a.m., according to Assistant Police Chief Laura Koch said.

Two people were injured, but the injuries were minor, according to police Cpl. Dan Milanese. He said the single-vehicle crash was caused by the road conditions. 

The roads were so slick emergency units had trouble getting to the scene on John Weaver Parkway, Milanese said. 

Another crash on Bristol Street, near Conn Street, was reported sometime after 8 a.m. Cpl. Todd Thayer of the Elkhart Police Department said the driver of a semi-truck driving heading east on Bristol Street started to lose control of his vehicle because of the road conditions, striking an electrical pole at the northeast corner of the intersection. 

Thayer said no one was injured from the crash. Indiana Michigan Power was called to the scene of the crash. Thayer said the pole would have to be replaced.

An Elkhart city emergency dispatcher said the intersection was expected to be closed for about six hours. 

Elkhart Truth reporter Sharon Hernandez contributed to this report. 


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