Snow causes dozens of crashes throughout St. Joseph County, on the Toll Road and the Bypass


By: Krystal Vivian

SOUTH BEND — A early spring snow storm caused dozens of crashes and slide-offs on the U.S. 20 Bypass, the Indiana Toll Road and throughout St. Joseph County on Monday, March 23.

South Bend Police Department responded to 28 slide-offs and crashes from 8 a.m. to about 1:15 p.m. and more were coming in then, Capt. Phil Trent said in a phone interview.

“What seems to be going on is now anything with grade is getting really, really slippery,” he said. “On ramps, off ramps, anything with a steeper grade to it is slippery.”

One slide-off on a U.S. 31 onramp from the bypass, a semi carrying several vehicles slid off into the ditch.

Only one injury — minor pain — was reported in all of those crashes.

“Usually when it’s really slippery, eevrybody goes really slow, so these are a lot of low-speed crashes,” Trent said.

In the same time period, Indiana State Police responded to about five to 10 crashes and about 10 slideoffs, Trooper Aaron Mayer said in a phone interview Monday afternoon.

At about 1:30 p.m., police were responding to a major crash blocking all westbound lanes at mile marker 50, Mayer said. Traffic was backed up in those lanes.

About 11 crashes were reported to Mishawaka police from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., a dispatcher confirmed. No injuries were reported.