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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Three motorists dead after crashes on icy Minnesota highways

Authorities have identified the victims of two tragic collisions on Minnesota highways that happened during the season’s first winter storm.

On Monday, more than 500 collisions were recorded across Minnesota.

The State Patrol stated that 46 of the collisions resulted in injuries, including two deaths in the Twin Cities.

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.

Light snow continued to fall on Tuesday, resulting in a large number of accidents. The morning commute in the Twin Cities, however, was far less hectic due to the higher temperatures and properly treated roadway surfaces.

Nonetheless, the Minnesota State Patrol reported a tragic collision in southern Minnesota.

According to the agency, a driver was killed after his Toyota Prius crashed head-on with a Ford F-350 pickup truck in rural Fillmore County on a snowy/icy stretch of U.S. 52.

The deceased has been identified as 63-year-old Laurald Joseph Afseth of Harmony. The pickup truck’s driver, a 61-year-old man from New Richland, was not hurt.

In the coming days, additional snowfall is anticipated across Minnesota, with the heaviest accumulations along the North Shore, where a winter storm warning remains in effect until early Wednesday morning. In certain areas of Cook County, a foot or more of snow has fallen due to lake-enhanced snow bands, with another half-foot likely in a few spots.

Thursday might see 1 to 3 inches of snowfall in other parts of Minnesota. Leading authorities to fear future tragic collisions on Minnesota highways.

As a result of the recent snowfall, even colder air is predicted to blanket the state this weekend.

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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