Late winter storm causes travel woes Wednesday

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Late winter storm causes travel woes Wednesday

February 25, 2016 - 13:25
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  Commuters exit a Metra 
  train at Flossmoor station
  Wednesday afternoon. 
  Trains locally experienced 
  some delays but fared better 
  than the South Shore line 
  in Northwest Indiana, which  
  had to suspend service for 
  some time Wednesday. 

  (Photos by Eric Crump/
  HF Chronicle)

Homewood and Flossmoor police were busy Wednesday afternoon helping motorists involved in mishaps caused by wind-whipped wet snow. 

The National Weather Service reported snowfall measured about 5.5 inches in the H-F area with winds at 20 to 30 mph and gusts to more than 40 mph. 

Although it was the worst storm of the winter season, the H-F area was spared the brunt of it. Lake and Porter counties in northwest Indiana were buried in more than a foot of heavy snow that brought travel to a halt in some places and caused many school and event cancellations.

Homewood police responded to seven traffic accidents involving 14 vehicles between 12:30 and 4:30 p.m. No injuries were reported in any of the accidents, according to Assistant Police Chief Denise McGrath. 

  A Homewood Public Works 
  plow heads west on Ridge 
  Road about 3 p.m. 
  Wednesday.

Flossmoor police reported working five accidents involving 10 vehicles between 12:42 and 3:15 p.m. No injuries were reported.

Accidents in Homewood included

  • Cedar Road and Dixie Highway, three cars.
  • Governors Highway and Dolphin Lake Drive, a single vehicle went into a ditch.
  • Dixie Highway and Willow Road, a single vehicle struck a pole.
  • 183rd Street and Kedzie Avenue, three vehicles.
  • 18200 block of Dixie Highway, two vehicles.
  • 183rd and Halsted streets, two vehicles.
  • Ridge Road and Halsted Street, two vehicles.

Accidents in Flossmoor included

  • Flossmoor Road and Dixie Highway, two vehicles.
  • Governors Highway and Breamar, two vehicles
  • 19700 block of Governors Highway, two vehicles.
  • 19500 block of Governors Highway, two vehicles.
  • Flossmoor Road and Kedzie Avenue, two vehicles.

McGrath reminded motorists to take precautions whenever winter storms approach. 

"We recommend that anyone who doesn't need to travel or be on the roadways stay indoors," she said. "If you are on the roadways, leave yourself extra travel time, slow down and leave extra room between vehicles."