Snow blamed for hundreds of crashes in Minnesota

Published 9:18 am Monday, December 5, 2011


MINNEAPOLIS — A few inches of snow made for a busy Saturday night and Sunday morning for the Minnesota State Patrol, where troopers responded to a few hundred accidents and spin-outs.

Lt. Eric Roeske said that between 4 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday, there were 189 crashes statewide with 22 involving injuries. The patrol also dealt with 193 vehicles that went off the road or spun out.

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Those figures include 103 crashes with 11 involving injuries in the Twin Cities area, where 103 vehicles went off the road or spun out.

The Patrol reported one fatality, a pedestrian struck while crossing state Highway 48 east of Hinckley in Pine County Saturday night, but it was not weather related. The victim was identified as 63-year-old Michael B. Giguere of Pine City.