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This week saw the first real measurable snow in Minnesota. This first real snow brought with it accidents across the state. A number of those accidents lead to Minnesotans dying on the roads. With this week being Winter Hazard Week, it is hoped that education and notice of problems will prevent more problems as we head into the winter season.

In Southern Minnesota, three separate accidents lead to three deaths and multiple injured parties. In Goodhue County, one man was killed and another injured in a two-vehicle crash near Goodhue County roads 6 and 9 near the town of Goodhue on Wednesday morning. The day before, two Mazeppa teenagers were injured when their vehicle collided with a semitrailer on Minnesota Highway 58 at Goodhue County Road 9 and two people were killed in a pair of accidents on icy roads south of Le Center , including a teenager whose car collided with a snowplow.

Around the Twin Cities, there were multiple accidents and two deaths which shut down 94 and 35W for a while on Tuesday. On Interstate 35E, there was a fatal rollover at County Road 11 on the Apple Valley-Burnsville border and earlier that morning at 5:30 a.m. the northbound lane blocked Interstate Hwy. 94 at the Lowry Tunnel in downtown Minneapolis.

Central Minnesota, saw slippery roads and their own share of roll overs and collisions. No deaths were reported.

In Northern Minnesota, Duluth saw multiple accidents and problems on each of it’s major bridges. Traffic was forced into a single lane for vehicles traveling to Duluth on the Blatnik bridge, and to Superior on the Bong bridge. Ice and speed were the causes according to the state patrol.

As with any death in a Minnesota motor vehicle collision, there are a number of issues that will need to be reviewed. My partner, Joe Crumley, addressed this topic in a recent article for the Minnesota Lawyers Trial magazine. I was interviewed last year on the same topic. In this case, sorrow for the families of those involved goes out.

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