Snowy roads contributed to traffic mishaps in the Illiana area Tuesday. Route 45 in Bourbonnais, I-57 and I-55 experienced weather-related accidents. No serious injuries were reported. There were accidents along I-65 in Indiana and I-74 in the Champaign-Vermilion County areas too.
Westbound Interstate 70 was closed several hours after a massive pileup near Richmond, IN Tuesday morning. Snow and wind are being blamed for the crashes that involved as many as 30 cars and several tractor-trailers. Some injuries were reported, but Indiana State Police were still gathering information as to how severe the crashes were. State Police said it took hours to clear the road and drivers were being asked to avoid the area.
The winter elements may pose more problems in the days ahead. State Police and IDOT advise motorists to be aware of changing road conditions as roads become snow-covered.