On the Beat in Bluffton

Monday, November 25, 2013

Man killed in crash near Wells County

The Huntington County Sheriff’s Department has not yet released the name or address of the man who died in a Saturday evening three-vehicle crash on Interstate 69 north of the Markle interchange.

Officers, however, are blaming the crash on icy roads, and more snow and cold is predicted.

To help motorists, the Indiana Department of Transportation has created an online map that charts the different warnings and obstructions throughout the state. To view the map, click here.

The Indiana State Police also offers the following tips to stay safe.
• Before traveling, check the forecast and let someone know your travel route
• Keep your gas tank at least half-full
• Carry a winter driving kit that should include blankets, flashlight, extra batteries, a brightly colored cloth, sand (or kitty litter), shovel, candle, matches, non-perishable high calorie food, first aid kit, and jumper cables   
• Have a cell phone and charger cord
• Slow down on snow/ice covered roads   
• Allow extra time to arrive at your destination   
• Clear all vehicle windows of ice and snow. Remove snow from hood, roof and lights.   
• Use extra caution when driving across bridges, underpasses, shaded areas and intersections where ice is slow to melt
• Avoid abrupt stops and starts. Slow down gradually.

Should you become stranded:
• Don’t leave your car. It’s the best protection you have.
• Tie a brightly colored cloth to your antenna
• Roll down your window a small amount to allow fresh air in your vehicle
• Keep exhaust pipe free of blockage to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning
• Don’t panic. An idling car uses approximately one gallon of gas per hour

Learn more about the Huntington crash — as well as a nonweather-related crash in the southern part of Wells County — in the Monday, Nov. 25, News-Banner.

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