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It is great to watch the snow get down to manageable hight on the first couple days of Spring. But, that melting is causing fog and icy roads which still need to be considered. It is important that you not speed.

This past week saw a number of examples why:

  • Saturday afternoon, A semi-truck jackknifed on the highway 94 near Rothsay and spilled about 200 gallons of diesel fuel into the median.
  • Tuesday morning, four motor vehicle collisions occurred within an hour around Crookston. Each noted icy road conditions as a factor.
  • Wednesday morning, there were three collisions around Rochester. Ice on the roads played a role. There was also a ten car collisions reported in Olmsted county which shut down county road 16.
  • Wednesday afternoon, four vehicles, two of them sheriff’s squad cars, were involved in a series of crashes Wednesday on icy Interstate 35 in southern Minnesota.
  • Thursday morning, Duluth Police and the Minnesota State Patrol responded to a head-on crash on the southbound I-35 exit ramp at 27th Avenue West. Both cars were totaled in the accident and closed I-35 for more than an hour. One car burst into flames.
  • Friday afternoon, Highway 13 were closed just south of Prior Lake, in Spring Lake Township, after a serious injury crash involving two vehicles. It is suspected that one of the drivers may have been on a cell phone.
  • Saturday morning, one person was killed after a one-vehicle car crash on County Road 30 in Goodhue County.

All reminders that the roads may seem safer, but that doesn’t mean safety takes a break. Be safe and watch out.

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