Slippery conditions cause hundreds of crashes

9:54 PM, Jan 27, 2013   |    comments
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INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. -- Slippery conditions caused by a mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow made travel difficult across southern Minnesota on Sunday.

As of 8:30 p.m., the State Patrol reported 367 crases across the state, many of those spin outs or vehicles that went off the road.  Dozens of people were injured, but none seriously.  Three semis also jacknifed, including a tanker carrying propane in the north metro.

Freezing rain and ice pellets fell earlier Sunday afternoon before turning over to snow in many locations.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation recommended no travel across a large part of southeastern Minnesota, including portions of Interstates 35 and 90. MnDOT also reported difficult driving conditions throughout the Twin Cities and along I-94 and I-35 west and north of the metro area.

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