Nearly 400 Crashes Reported Across Minnesota During Tuesday’s Snow
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News)- It was a messy afternoon on snow and ice covered roads in Rochester and elsewhere in Minnesota yesterday.
A jack-knifed semi on Hwy. 14 snarled traffic near the Hwy. 52 interchange, while another jack-knifed semi closed down westbound I-90 for several near St. Charles for several hours Tuesday night. A third jackknifed semi on I-35 north of Faribault resulted in a three-vehicle crash that inflicted non-life-threatening injuries on a Fargo, ND woman.
State troopers in southeast Minnesota responded to 52 crashes, 49 vehicles off the road and 10 jackknifed semi-trucks between 5 a.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday. Sgt. Troy Christanson said nine of the 52 crashes resulted in injury.
The state patrol reported nearly 400 crashes, 38 of which involved injuries, 106 vehicle spin outs and 33 jackknifed semis statewide from 6am until 9pm. None of the crashes were fatal.
MnDOT says the majority of major highways in the region remain fully or partially covered with snow and ice. Tuesday's snow fall caused the cancelation of several events and activities in Rochester and the surrounding communities.
The National weather service recorded 2 inches of snow at the Rochester airport. The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport reported picking up over 8 inches of snow.
Story updates to include Tuesday's crash numbers in southeast Minnesota.
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