Snowy Friday triggers nearly 650 crashes statewide

8:44 PM, Jan 20, 2012   |    comments
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ROSEVILLE, Minn. - Snow enthusiasts were cheering Friday morning as a beautiful blanket of fluffy snow fell on the southern half of the state.

Folks commuting to work? Not so much.

The snow made roads across the southern half of Minnesota slick and greasy, triggering crashes and spinouts from the Iowa border to the north Twin Cities metro. The State Patrol recorded 648 crashes statewide, 79 of which resulted in injuries.

None of those injuries are serious.

Another 181 vehicles spun out or hit the ditch due to poor conditions.

Among the recorded crashes was a semi that jacknifed on I-94 near County Road 81, blocking all three lanes of traffic. Because the morning rush was extended traffic backed up for miles.  

Coon Rapids police report that a community service officer received mild injuries while responding to a crash on Highway 10 near University Avenue.

In other areas traffic cams captured images of banged-up quarterpanels and flashing lights atop State Patrol cruisers and tow trucks.

State Patrol Spokesman Lt. Eric Roeske tweeted that there were 549 separate crashes reported across the Twin Cities metro between 5 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sixty-nine of those crashes resulted in injury. Another 120 vehicles left the road without colliding with another car.

Statewide the numbers between 5 and 10 a.m. were higher, with 177 crashes documented and a total of 22 people reported injured.  

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