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Mon., 9:32am: Blizzard causes hundreds of crashes

December 10, 2012
Tribune Chronicle | TribToday.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- A slow-moving storm has dumped snow on parts of the Midwest, blanketing the Twin Cities, making roads treacherous or impassable, and leading to at least one fatal crash.

The Twin Cities experienced at least 16 inches of snow Sunday - its heaviest snowfall in two years - leading to the cancellation of dozens of flights at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and caused hundreds of road accidents around the state.

Blizzard conditions, blowing and drifting snow made visibility so poor that the state Department of Transportation pulled snowplows off some highways in southwest and west Minnesota on Sunday afternoon.

The Minnesota State Patrol reported more than 600 crashes by Monday morning, and at least 1,140 spinouts, according to Lt. Eric Roeske, and driving conditions remained hazardous. One person was killed in a crash involving a semi near Red Wing and injuries were reported in 63 other accidents, the patrol said.

 
 

 

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