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Icy Conditions Create Slick and Dangerous Roads

February 19, 2018 11:45 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Monday’s icy conditions have made for some dangerous travel.

ABC 6 News encountered slick and slippery spots along Highway 52 and Interstate 90. Vehicles were also seen lying or turned over in ditches.

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According to Minnesota State Patrol, between 12 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. Monday, 388 crashes and 244 spinouts were reported, including 7 jackknifed semis. At least four of those were in Southeast Minnesota.

So far, State Patrol has counted one death near Duluth and 35 injuries from these crashes.

The Olmsted County Sheriff's office said it's best to play it safe and be extra cautious.

“Safety has to come first so we just ask for people to slow down,” Sergeant Jim Schueller with the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office said. “Drive to the conditions and leave early if you have to. If you don't necessarily have to go someplace, it's probably better to stay home.”

On average, snowy or icy days cost the city of Rochester around $17,000 for street clearing.

Since President’s day is a holiday, they're expecting a much bigger price tag because of holiday pay.


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