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Hundreds of crashes follow seasons first snowstorm in minnesota

The season’s first snowstorm in Minnesota saw hundreds of crashes reported to authorities. Marking the beginning of a deadly winter season.

The State Patrol said that 46 of the accidents resulted in injuries, with two deaths reported in the Twin Cities, which saw the most fall snowfall to date.

The first tragic collision, involving a school bus, was reported soon before 4 p.m. in Minnetonka on Minnesota 62 near Shady Oak Road. However, according to the State Patrol, nobody on the bus was hurt.

A 57-year-old man from Burnsville was killed after his Isuzu Rodeo lost control on the eastbound Crosstown Highway, hit a barrier wall, and then collided with an oncoming school bus. Both automobiles stopped in the middle of the roadway, which was coated with snow and ice.

There were 22 youngsters aboard the bus, which was driven by a guy from Prior Lake who was 71 years old. The driver of the Isuzu was identified as Vicente Ortiz Calderon on Tuesday.

The second tragic collision occurred in downtown Minneapolis just after 10 p.m. On the approach from Hiawatha Avenue to northbound Interstate 35W in Minneapolis, a vehicle driven by a 56-year-old lady exited the roadway, drove over the railing, and struck a bridge pillar.

The driver, named as Tsering Yangkey on Tuesday, succumbed to her injuries and died.

Monday morning at around 7:30 a.m., officials reported that a vehicle left Interstate 94 and wound up in the Buffalo River east of Moorhead. Just south of Interstate 494 on U.S. 169 in Bloomington, a vehicle slipped under a tractor-trailer, injuring its driver.

In addition to the 566 collisions, officials recorded 171 spinouts and five jackknifed semis on state highways between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m., but none on county or municipal roadways.

Monday morning’s snowstorm in Minnesota delivered the season’s first widespread snowy morning commute. Numerous reports of wrecks, spinouts, and severe travel delays illuminated the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s traffic maps throughout the Twin Cities and elsewhere in the state.

Monday morning, Metro Transit in the Twin Cities reported that up to 60 percent of its bus lines were delayed.

As of lunchtime, difficult driving conditions persisted across the area as snowfall continued. In addition to municipal and county employees, MnDOT stated it had hundreds of snowplows on the highways. At the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, 2.4 inches of snow had fallen by 7 p.m. As of midafternoon, Fridley and New Brighton had received close to 4 inches.

Through Tuesday evening, winter weather advisories and winter storm warnings are also in effect for Lake and Cook counties in northeastern Minnesota, where some North Shore locations may receive more than a foot of snow. As of early Monday evening, Hovland, near Grand Marais, recorded more than 12 inches of snowfall.

While it was a nuisance for many vehicles and pedestrians, Minnesotans anxious to go skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, and engage in other winter activities welcomed the snow.

Whether it’s a few inches or a foot, the snow will be a welcome complement to the artificial snow currently covering Minnesota’s ski slopes and trails. After last week’s near-record warmth in portions of Minnesota, a temperature decrease allowed for effective snowmaking over the weekend.

Prior to Monday’s snowstorm in Minnesota, Duluth has received around 6 inches of snow this season, but just 0.91 inches this month, which is approximately 4 inches below usual.

The Twin Cities has received less than a half-inch of snow this season as of Monday, which is more than two inches below average.

In the meanwhile, MnDOT officials announced on social media that further snowfall is likely across the state this week. Their snowplow teams will continue to operate, but hazardous road conditions are likely to persist. Officials advise vehicles to slow down, anticipate lengthier travel times, and provide plenty space for snowplows.

Cedric Blackwater
Cedric Blackwater
Cedric is a journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on local US news, and touching on many global topics. He is currently the lead writer for Bulletin News.

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