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Icy roads lead to state of emergency


The icy conditions prompted several counties across Michiana to issue a state of emergency.

Crews also closed down the entire Toll Road, as well as the U-S 20 bypass.

They did everything they could to keep people off the roads. However, for some drivers, staying off the road wasn't an option. Many quickly learned how slippery the roads really were.

" I just lost control and I closed my eyes," says Ashley Dock, who ended up in a ditch. She says a car cut her off, and her car quickly spun out of control.

It was a similar scene across Michiana. The icy conditions sent cars spinning and spiraling out of control. Several multi-car accidents shut down that Bypass as well as the Toll Road for a good part of Friday.

Elkhart, St. Joseph, and Laporte counties all issued a state of emergency. There were hoping drivers would stay off the roads all together.

Still, cars continued to hit the streets.

"As far as slickness and the amount of accidents, this is another first for me, "says Jennifer Tobey, Elkhart County Emergency Management Director. She says people are underestimating the severity of these weather conditions. She says people were still driving and many weren't following the rules.

Cars weren't the only one's affected during Friday's dangerous road conditions.

Michiana bus services were closed, train stations were delayed and taxi services stayed off the road.

Ace Cab in Elkhart decided to stay open, and responded to emergency calls only.

The Interurban Trolley re-opened Friday afternoon, but the South Bend Public Transportation corporation stayed closed all day.

It is scheduled to re-open tomorrow weather permitting.

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