Part of Interstate 65 reopens

The southbound lanes of Interstate 65 remain closed between the U.S. 31 exit for Edinburgh and Taylorsville (Exit 76) and Memphis (Exit 16). Northbound I-65 is open, but motorists should reduce their speed according to conditions and anticipate delays, according to the Indiana Department of Transportation.

An I-65 crash involving a double-trailer truck near Jonesville is also limiting mobility, the state said. As of 10:40 a.m., Bartholomew, Jackson and Scott counties along have declared travel watches, which means only essential travel is allowed.

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Carothers said 10 or more vehicles slid off the road or were involved in wrecks at 55-mile marker north of Seymour.

Indiana Department of Transportation and Indiana State Police districts in southern Indiana closed portions of I-65 after 9 a.m. Tuesday because of  crashes and low visibility.

Crews continues to plow and treat the southbound lanes as traffic allows in order to open the highway as soon as possible.

Strong winds have resulted in blowing snow, reduced visibility and colder temperatures. Local INDOT plow crews will manage the interstates, U.S. highways and state routes to prevent snow from blowing across the highway and sticking. With falling temperatures, salt and other melting agents will have to work harder to lower the temperatures at which the accumulation melts.

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