State Patrol Responds to Hundreds of Crashes

Updated: 12/04/2013 11:45 AM
Created: 12/04/2013 5:39 AM
By: Jennie Olson

It was a messy commute Wednesday morning as snow fell throughout the state.

Statewide, the Minnesota State Patrol handled 175 crashes since midnight as of 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. There were also 192 people in the ditch or spun out, and one semi jackknifed. None of the incidents were serious or fatal.

In the Twin Cities metro, troopers handled 137 crashes with 15 injuries.

KSTP Reporter Todd Wilson and Photographer Adam Stevens were driving on Interstate 94 west past the Lowry Tunnel when they came upon a couple of spin-outs – only to get in a crash themselves. No one was injured in the crash.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is reminding everyone to be cautious about traveling in extreme winter weather. Cold, snow and ice are demanding on cars, drivers and passengers, and most importantly, extreme winter weather can threaten your life.

Each year, hundreds of Minnesotans find themselves stranded on the roadside. Here are some tips from DPS about how you should prepare for an emergency.

Minneapolis/St. Paul

Broken Clouds
30° | 24°
  • Feels like: 11° F
  • Wind: ESE 10mph
  • Humidity: 78%
  • Sat Partly cloudy
    32° | 12°
  • Sun Times of sun and clouds
    20° | 4°
  • Mon Mainly sunny
    18° | 16°
  • Tue Morning clouds followed by afternoon sun
    32° | 20°