Slick roads create overnight travel trouble

A viewer sent in this picture of the accident on Thursday morning.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Like a switch, winter weather has created traffic troubles on area roads overnight.

A trace amount of snow has created icy conditions on bridges and overpasses.

A trace amount of snow is sticking to some sidewalks and grassy areas. The major impact is icy bridges and overpasses.
A trace amount of snow is sticking to some sidewalks and grassy areas. The major impact is icy bridges and overpasses.

Several crashes and slide-offs have been reported throughout the area on I-69 and I-469.

Shortly after 1:30 a.m., a double-tandem semi on I-69 crashed into a cable barrier and guard rail near mile marker 319, approximately two miles north of Union Chapel Road. Officials at the scene said a bridge in the southbound lanes was covered in ice when the semi drove over it and lost control.

One official said a group of tractor-trailers were following closely together when several lost control. The others were able to correct and continue forward but a FedEx semi crossed the median and ended up blocking the left northbound lane.

The driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital for observation.

Firefighters placed a boom to contain diesel from spilling into a nearby ditch.
Firefighters placed a boom to contain diesel from spilling into a nearby ditch.

Approximately 70 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from the truck. Firefighters removed the remaining diesel fuel from the truck’s tanks and used booms to contain the fuel from spilling farther into the ditch. Allen County Homeland Security Director Bernie Bier was on site to monitor the spill and prevent any contamination.

The northbound lanes of I-69 were closed near the crash to allow safety crews to clean up the site. Crews were working into the morning to clear the scene as traffic backed up for miles.

During the investigation, a vehicle traveling south lost control on the same bridge and spun out in the median. As emergency workers started walking towards the vehicle the driver pulled out of the median and continued south.

Shortly after 3 a.m., another vehicle lost control and slammed into the median cable barrier. No injuries were reported in that crash.

A driver on I-469 lost control and went into a ditch near Maysville Road/State Road 37.

Numerous other slide-offs have been reported in the area, none resulting in serious injuries.

Drivers should use caution during the morning commute. No significant snow has accumulated on roads, but melted snow has transferred onto bridges and overpasses and frozen quickly creating dangerous conditions.

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