US 33 reopens after hours-long ‘sheet of ice’ thaws

A stretch of U.S. 33 north of Churubusco was closed Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 due to heavy ice. (Churubusco Fire Department)

WHITLEY COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) Icy conditions shut down U.S. 33 north of Churubusco to Noble County in both directions most of Tuesday morning. The roadway was reopened just after 12:30 p.m.

Officials in Whitley County said early Tuesday that U.S. 33 was a “sheet of ice” and traffic was unable to move in that area. The Whitley County Sheriff’s Department said a few slide-offs had been reported.

An Indiana State Highway crew was called to the area to treat the roadway. Motorists stuck in the shut-down were told to remain in their vehicles until traffic flowed again.

Drivers were urged to use alternate routes such as S.R. 205 to U.S. 30 or S.R. 3 to avoid the traffic congestion.