Storm causes crash; subzero temps expected

Published 9:43 am Saturday, December 17, 2016

An Austin man was injured Friday in a crash in Freeborn County that was reportedly caused by a winter storm that dropped nearly 5 inches of snow near Albert Lea.

The 30-year-old, whose name has not yet been released, was transported by Gold Cross Ambulance to Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin. He was later transported to St. Marys Hospital in Rochester. His condition is unknown.

A semi was driving south on Freeborn County Road 26 when it became stuck in the intersection with Freeborn County Road 46 and was struck by a SUV traveling east driven by the man, according to the Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were dispatched to the crash at 4:05 p.m.

The driver of the semi, a 47-year-old man from Ranger, Texas, was not injured in the crash.

The SUV was deemed a complete loss.

The Minnesota State Patrol, Hayward Fire Department and Gold Cross Ambulance assisted on scene.

The winter storm also forced the early closing of local schools and evening events.

Dangerously cold temperatures are expected in the wake of the storm.

According to the National Weather Service, temperatures were expected to fall to around -3 degrees by 5 p.m. Saturday. By Saturday night, the low was expected to drop to around -25 degrees, with wind chill values as low as -41.

A high temperature of -5 degrees is expected Sunday, with wind chill values as low as -42. A west to northwest wind at 5 to 10 mph is expected to change direction to south to southwest Sunday afternoon.

Wind chill values as low as -23 are expected Sunday night, before temperatures warm to 20 degrees on Monday.

Look to the Tribune for more information as it is released.

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