State Police help stranded drivers on icy roads

In the right place at the right time, Indiana State Police are on patrol all day. Most calls came thanks to ice and snow, with slide-offs and crashes.

Law enforcement says you’ve got to take it slow, or you could be calling for help too.

“So far today has been pretty uneventful,” says Sgt. Todd Ringle. He has been on the road since 5 a.m. churning through slush, searching for people who need help.

“It took me awhile to get into my car, and once I got into my car, it took me awhile to clear all my windows,” Ringle says.

Troopers have been listening to the radio all morning while doing their best to keep their cruisers de-iced. Fighting mother nature is an uphill battle.

Ringle starts to slow down at the intersection of State Road 66 at Epworth, near Deaconess Gateway. It’s a major intersection on the Vanderburgh-Warrick County line. He rolls the window down and hollers at a man standing outside his car in the turn lane.

“Are you broke down?” 

“Yeah!” The man shouts back.

It’s what Ringle has been looking for, and hoping not to find.

“Evansville 35-10, 10-46,” Ringle radios to dispatch.

This weather is unforgiving. It can shut down a car in the middle of the road. The purple sedan, Ringle is cautioning drivers of with his red and blues, isn’t moving on its own.

“We'll see what your truck is made out of,” Ringle laughs.

A State Trooper and good Samaritan tag-team helped get the broken-down car off the road. It’s just a small blip on the list of potential problems.

Ringle patrols mostly around Newburgh, but he says a lot of calls for help were on I-64. Evansville Troopers responded to 13 slide-offs and 4 crashes between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m.

“It seems like maybe within the last hour we're getting more slide offs and minor crashes,” says Ringle, never pushing his cruiser past 35 miles per hour.

His patrol carries on, fingers crossed it doesn’t carry him into a ditch.

 

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(This story was originally published January 12, 2018)


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