NO NEED TO SHOVEL: Alexander Williams preferred the snow-covered route as he was joined by his mother, Jennifer, and his brother, Donovan, on their way home from Lydia Middleton Elementary School where Alexander is a student. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
NO NEED TO SHOVEL: Alexander Williams preferred the snow-covered route as he was joined by his mother, Jennifer, and his brother, Donovan, on their way home from Lydia Middleton Elementary School where Alexander is a student. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
A winter storm that dropped up to 3 inches of snow in parts of the state left Indiana highways glazed from Lake Michigan to the Ohio River on Thursday, contributing to pileups and other crashes that left one motorist dead and several others injured.

The crashes prompted Indiana State Police to close portions of several major highways, including Interstate 70 at several points, I-65 in central and southern Indiana and I-69 south of Fort Wayne.

Snow blanketed Jefferson County roadways Thursday afternoon and again early this morning, creating slick conditions and poor visibility for motorists. Central dispatch called out numerous slide-off accidents this morning as crews worked to clear the roadways.

Madison police responded to nine personal injury or property damage accidents Thursday, according to police log records, while the sheriff's department reported six peronal injury or property damage accidents and four slide-offs.

Madison and Southwestern schools operated on a regular schedule today. In Kentucky, Trimble and Carroll county schools and the Christian Academy of Carrollton were was closed.

The National Weather Service reported the snowfall amounted to only 1 to 2 inches in many locations - a fraction of the 11 inches or more that paralyzed the state last week - but it was enough to catch many motorists off guard.

On I-70 east of Indianapolis, a fatal crash closed the freeway in both directions at midday Thursday, Greenfield Police Chief John Jester said. Additional details were not immediately available. About 20 miles further east, a semitrailer rollover forced troopers to reroute traffic onto local roads.

West of Indianapolis, a semitrailer slammed into five stopped vehicles on I-70 near Brazil, critically injuring one driver still inside a vehicle and seriously injuring another standing outside, Sgt. Joe Watt of the State Police said.

In nearby Vigo County, six teenagers were hurt when a car slid through an intersection and into an SUV, but another crash involving a school bus caused no injuries, Chief Sheriff's Deputy Clark Cottom said. The sheriff's department handled more than 20 crashes and slide-offs in a two-hour period in Vigo County, he said.

"This morning's precipitation created a layer of black ice throughout the county," he said.

On I-65 southeast of Lafayette, a pileup involving several semitrailers, cars and trucks closed northbound lanes of I-65 Thursday afternoon. At the southern end of the state, a semitrailer rollover about 20 miles north of Louisville closed northbound lanes of the freeway for more than an hour.