Icy roads lead to hundreds of crashes in metro

7:39 PM, Nov 21, 2010   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS -- A wave of freezing rain swept across the metro late Saturday night turning many roadways into skating rinks, and causing at least two fatal accidents.

In Stearns County, the sheriff's office says a 12-year-old girl from Long Prairie was riding in a pickup truck that lost control on an icy road and went into a ditch about 10 a.m. Sunday. The girl was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. She died a short time later at Melrose Area Hospital.

In Meeker County late Saturday night, 44-year-old Kimberly Mead died in a crash on Highway 22 south of Litchfield when the car she was riding in lost control on the ice and slid sideways into oncoming traffic where it was struck.  Two other people were taken to the hospital with critical injuries.

Lt. Eric Roeske of the Minnesota State Patrol reported more than 400 accidents including 376 in the metro area.  Nearly 60 of those crashes involved injuries.

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