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Return of snow snarls traffic as drivers adapt

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A dusting of snow across the county Thursday had drivers sliding off roads and into each other throughout the day.

Between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m., Johnson County, Franklin and Greenwood police were called to eight slide-offs and 33 accidents as snow, ice and slush covered roadways.

“People just tend to not slow down and they think the road is in better condition than it actually is,” Franklin Police Lt. Kerry Atwood said.

The Bargersville Fire Department was called to one minor accident at State Roads 37 and 144 Thursday morning and heard several more reports of more minor accidents that police were called to the rest of the day, Bargersville Fire Chief Jason Ramey said.

The small amount of snow had packed down in some places making the road slicker, but motorists also likely were underestimating what had fallen, especially after the large snowstorm last week, he said.

On Wednesday morning, when a small burst of snow hit the area, Atwood saw a driver pass another vehicle, swerve back into the right lane, start to fishtail and then go off the road, he said.

That kind of driving continued Thursday, with three slide-offs and six accidents in Franklin by the afternoon, he said.

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