KSTP Traffic Round-Up: 410 Crashes in 26 Hours Statewide, Icy Roads Delay Drivers and Public Transit

December 05, 2017 11:26 AM

Ice- and snow-covered roads caused significant delays and a highway closure in the metro area Tuesday morning.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, there were 410 crashes statewide from 8 a.m. Monday to 10 a.m. Tuesday. Of those crashes, 36 involved injuries and one was fatal. There were 515 vehicle spinouts in that timeframe, according to the state patrol.




KSTP Traffic Reporter Josie Smith said road conditions in the metro area were poor due to layers of ice and snow sticking to highways, ramps and side streets.

Here’s your chance to weigh in on this morning’s road conditions. You can send an email or video clip to the commissioner of MNDOT as well as the mayors for both Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

KSTP crews reported the majority of incidents in the overnight hours were occurring along Highway 169 in Shakopee, Interstate 494 near Dodd Road and throughout Chanhassen.

Smith also said two semis that were stuck on northbound Highway 169 prior to Highway 55 in Golden Valley blocked both lanes. The highway reopened just before 8 a.m.

Smith said the delay on southbound Highway 169 from Interstate 94 to 394 was about an hour by 8 a.m.

In West St. Paul, meanwhile, semis were getting stuck on southbound Highway 52 near Butler Avenue. A semi also stalled in the center lane on southbound Interstate 35W at County Road C. Smith said semis were getting stuck on westbound Interstate 694 near Long Lake Road in New Brighton as well.

Additionally, Metro Transit officials reported service delays with buses and the light rail. According to officials, roughly 65 percent of buses were delayed by 11 a.m., with an average delay of 18 minutes. The Blue Line and the Green Line experienced minor delays. The Northstar remained on schedule by 9:30 a.m.

Officials with the Minnesota Department of Transportation issued a no-travel advisory from Redwood Falls to Hutchinson and Glencoe as the result of whiteout conditions.

Monday, the Minnesota State Patrol said via Twitter there were 121 vehicle crashes and 60 spin-outs between 8 a.m. and 8:45 p.m.

RELATED: State Patrol: 121 Crashes, 60 Spin-outs in 12-Hour Span Monday

Meanwhile, KSTP Chief Morning Meteorologist Ken Barlow said after Monday's snowfall, Minnesotans will primarily face the wind and cold Tuesday. Barlow said morning temperatures will be in the 20s, although the wind will make the air feel colder.

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Rebecca Omastiak

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