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Storm-related crashes snarl Sunday traffic across metro area

February 10, 2019 10:43 PM

A good, old-fashioned snowstorm gave motorists headaches most of the day Sunday throughout the metro area.

The Minnesota State Patrol said there were dozens of accidents and spinouts including a 17-vehicle pile up on I-694, which closed the freeway in the eastbound lanes for a couple hours between Victoria Avenue and Rice Street.

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The State Patrol said no one was seriously injured in that multiple-vehicle incident.

RELATED: State Patrol: Crash involving 17 vehicles closes I-694 temporarily

State Patrol Sgt. Jesse Grabow reported 375 crashes happened between the hours of 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. There were 22 injuries and no deaths. An additional 395 vehicles spun out or went off the road.

MnDOT spokesperson Kevin Gutknecht told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS snowplows will work into the night as they clean up after the storm and lay down more salt as temperatures drop.

"We have been able to stay on top of this one Sunday," said Gutknecht.  "But, it looks like we will be dealing with more of the snow and slippery conditions with more on the way starting Monday evening and into Tuesday."

Gutknecht said the biggest concern MnDOT has right now is an increase in the number of vehicles running into snowplows creating a dangerous combination on roads.

"It is hard enough for drivers and snowplow operators when the conditions get like this," said Gutknecht.  "So, we are asking motorists to stay back of snowplows by at least 500 feet and just be patient rather than making moves to get around them which might not be safe."

Julie Myles was out running Sunday errands and told KSTP she was ready for winter to settle in after Minnesota had a fairly tame November and December with very little snowfall.

"Well, it's finally here and we need to have a little bit of winter and we are tough Minnesotans who are used to this and can handle it," said Myles.

Others, like Angela Freeman, did not attempt to put a positive spin on the recent snowstorms.

"It can just be done, I have had enough and I can tell you I just want winter to be done already," said Freeman.

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