CAR CRASH ON ICY ROADS IN MINNESOTA
According to a recent Star Tribune report, Minnesota state troopers were kept extra busy late Friday and early Saturday, responding to more than 260 crashes on icy and snowy roads across the state in a 24-hour period. People were injured in 33 of those crashes, a State Patrol spokeswoman said via e-mail.
One critical injury was reported in Itasca County. Several of the injury crashes occurred in Stearns and Benton counties, where drivers faced reduced visibility and slick roads during and after light snowfall late Friday, according to the National Weather Service.
The State Patrol said 231 of the icy road crashes statewide resulted in vehicle damage. The patrol usually handles 25 to 75 crashes when roads are clear and there is good visibility.
“Drivers need to be aware that road conditions can change quickly, especially on bridges, underpasses and ramps,” the spokeswoman said. “Drivers need to drive at a safe speed when there may be ice on the road, so if they suddenly lose traction with the roadway, they can still correct and not strike another vehicle or hit the ditch.”
The chance of snowfall should return Wednesday. The Weather Service issued a “Hazardous Weather Outlook” for counties in northeastern Minnesota, forecasting between 1 to 4 inches of snow in the North Shore through Saturday evening. This could lead to slippery roads, the warning stated.
In an earlier snowfall, on Thursday, a 75-year-old man from Park Rapids, Minn., was killed in a two-car crash on icy Highway 71 in Hubbard County, in north-central Minnesota. A Volkswagen Beetle was driving north on Hwy. 71 south of County Road 44, in Guthrie Township, when it was hit by a southbound Subaru Legacy that had lost control on the slippery road, according to the State Patrol. The Subaru driver and her two passengers all suffered noncritical injuries. All four people involved in the crash were wearing seat belts and alcohol was not a factor, the patrol said.
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