December 28, 2011
The dangers of black ice are becoming prevalent as the temperature plummets in the winter months. According to WISHTV 8 News, a 54-year-old woman learned just how dangerous the ice patches can be Tuesday morning in Morgan County after spinning out in her car and ending up upside down in a creek.
The woman told officers that she was driving along Indiana 142 when she hit a patch of ice. The loss of traction sent her vehicle into a spin before catching on dirt and gravel near the edge of the road. The sudden grip on the tires caused the vehicle to roll down an embankment and land on its roof in a creek. The woman was rescued a short time later by firefighters. She was treated for hypothermia and released.
Black ice is prevalent on Indiana roads in the winter. It is clear water that has frozen on dark roadways, presenting a hidden trap for motorists who cannot see the slick pavement. Black ice is particularly prevalent on bridges, below overpasses, and in areas surrounded by trees.
- Make sure your tires have good traction.
- Engage four-wheel drive, if you have it.
- Slow down.
- Keep your windshield clean.
- Give yourself more space on the road.