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A jackknifed Mor/Ryde delivery vehicle blocked traffic on Bristol Street at the intersection of Conn Avenue Friday, March 21, 2014. More wintry weather caused more Elkhart County accidents on Tuesday, March 25. (J. TYLER KLASSEN / The Elkhart Truth)

A jackknifed Mor/Ryde delivery vehicle blocked traffic on Bristol Street at the intersection of Conn Avenue Friday March 21, 2014. A utility pole was damaged and a fire department truck was called to stand-by in case of a fuel spill. The accident was one of four reported in the city Friday morning. (J. TYLER KLASSEN / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

A semi-truck crashed into an electrical pole near E Bristol Street and Conn Avenue.
More than 30 crashes reported during morning commute in Elkhart County
Posted on March 25, 2014 at 11:26 a.m.

ELKHART — Another band of snow swept through Elkhart County early Tuesday morning, March 25, causing several slide-offs and numerous crashes during the morning commute hours. 

Tuesday's crashes followed a busy Friday morning for emergency units, which responded to almost 40 crashes throughout the county.

According to the National Weather Service, a period of moderate to locally heavy snow was expected Tuesday morning across the region, with visibilities dropping to less than half of a mile.

Accumulations were expected to go up to one inch, making roads slick in some areas, according to the weather service.

In Elkhart, 10 crashes were reported between 3 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, said Desiree Detwiler, assistant director.

In the county, 22 crashes were reported, along with five slide-offs. Only one crash in the county resulted in minor injuries, according to Egbert Dijkstra, director of the communications center. 

That accident was reported at 7:48 a.m., according to a report from the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department. 

Emergency units responded to S.R. 19, south of C.R. 24 for reports of a two-vehicle crash.

According to the press release, Warren Black, 60, was driving north on S.R. 19 when his vehicle started to slide onto the southbound lane, crashing into a vehicle driven by Jeremy Tibbs, 34, who was headed south on S.R. 19. 

Black was taken to Elkhart General Hospital with complaint of neck and back pain. He was issued a warning for driving in conditions that require driving at reduced speed.