16 Ind. counties issue travel watches, advisories


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — At least 16 counties across Indiana have issued local travel watches or advisories for motorists amid a winter storm hitting much of the Midwest.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security website said Grant and Franklin counties issued travel watches Tuesday night recommending only essential travel, such as commuting to or from work or in emergencies. Fourteen other counties by 9:30 p.m. EST had issued travel advisories saying routine travel might be restricted. Those 14 counties were Miami, Wabash, Adams, Tipton, Madison, Hancock, Shelby, Wayne, Fayette, Decatur, Jennings, Parke, Knox and Vanderburgh.

Indiana State Police Putnamville post reported a fatal collision on westbound Interstate 70 near Cloverdale, about 30 miles west of Indianapolis. It wasn't immediately clear if weather was a factor in the crash.

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