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Southern Indiana snow creates mess for drivers

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Four to six inches fell across the area, leading to several trucks sliding off the roads. Four to six inches fell across the area, leading to several trucks sliding off the roads.
Garrett Little Garrett Little
The snow, which started earlier in southern Indiana than in areas south of Louisville, had drivers traveling much slower than the speed limit on Interstate 65. The snow, which started earlier in southern Indiana than in areas south of Louisville, had drivers traveling much slower than the speed limit on Interstate 65.
Tom Shelton Tom Shelton

MEMPHIS, IN (WAVE) - Southern Indiana counties, some of which declared a state of emergency, saw the highest snow totals during Friday's winter storm.

Four to six inches fell across the area, leading to several trucks sliding off the roads and forcing other drivers to wait for better weather at highway gas stations.

The snow, which started earlier in southern Indiana than in areas south of Louisville, had drivers traveling much slower than the speed limit on Interstate 65. Some reported that their commute took double or even triple the usual amount of time.

"We could probably be on the road if it weren't for the big trucks," said Garrett Little, as he waited out the storm at a truck stop along I-65 at Memphis Road. "They don't drive cautiously."

One truck got stuck at the northbound I-65 on-ramp from Memphis Road, blocking the ramp for about an hour in the late afternoon until a tow truck driver got it back on the road.

Other trucks slipped into the soft snow on the northbound off-ramp at Henryville until help arrived.

Drivers, some of whom even had four-wheel drive, spun their wheels in parking lots and on more rural roads, where Clark County plow truck driver Tom Shelton worked until 9 p.m. Friday.

"We're fighting a losing battle," said Shelton, who had been out on the hilly backroads since 4 a.m. "We'll come back out in the morning -- there won't be any traffic then, and we'll clear the roads then."

Some drivers asked for advice on alternate routes, not wanting to take the interstate. Those who did saw cars in the median and the ditch.

Little and his passengers watched movies to pass the time at the truck stop.

'We're monitoring the weather," he said. "We're just waiting for it to pass."

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