INDIANAPOLIS – On Wednesday, September 15 at 10 a.m., the Indiana Department of Transportation will commemorate a milestone anniversary and share updates on Hoosier Helpers, a Good Samaritan program offered by INDOT to assist stranded motorists on Indiana interstates.
Hoosier Helpers aid in keeping Indiana interstates safe by providing traffic control and medical assistance at crash sites, and offering roadside assistance.
Since the program began in 1991, Hoosier Helpers have come to the aid of more than 350,000 motorists.
f you’ve driven on Indiana interstates chances are you have seen Hoosier Helpers at work. Hoosier Helpers patrol interstates, assist motorists, and keep highways safe by performing the following services:
- Changing flat tires
- Fixing minor mechanical problems
- Removing debris from the road at the scene of an accident
- Providing minimal amounts of fuel
- Providing emergency medical assistance
Hoosier Helpers are an invaluable asset to numerous agencies including the Indiana State Police and local first responders in assisting with various emergencies on Indiana interstates. They are trained in First Aid, CPR, Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), HAZMAT, and have completed medical helicopter training.
Indiana Service Areas
Hoosier Helpers currently patrol interstates in three areas of the state, central Indiana, northwest Indiana, and southern Indiana. As Indiana metropolitan areas expand, the coverage areas of the Hoosier Helpers program will increase. If you are in need of assistance by a Hoosier Helper, please call INDOT Customer Service at 855-INDOT4U (463-6848).
Central Indiana (Indianapolis metropolitan area, covering 103 miles)
- I-465 (entire loop)
- I-65 from Southport Road to 71st Street
- I-865 from I-465 to I-65
- I-70 from Ronald Reagan Parkway to Post Road
- I-69 from I-465 to 96th Street
- I-74 from I-465 to Post Road
Northwest Indiana (near Gary, covering 34 miles)
- I-65 from U.S. 231 to U.S. 12/20
- I-80/94 (Borman Expressway) from the Illinois State Line to I-90
- I-94 from I-90 to S.R. 249
Southern Indiana (near Louisville, covering 40 miles)
- I-64 from S.R. 62/64 to the Sherman Minton Bridge over the Ohio River
- I-65 from the Kennedy Bridge over the Ohio River to Memphis Road
- I-265/S.R. 265 from I-64 to the Lewis and Clark Bridge over the Ohio River
Hoosier Helpers cover 177 miles of interstate in central, northwest, and southern Indiana.
Speaking during the event will be Joe McGuinness, Commissioner, Indiana Department of Transportation
, and Sergeant John Perrine, Indiana State Police.
The event will be held at the Indianapolis Traffic Management Center, 8620 East 21st Street in Indianapolis.