Bad Weather Accidents Include Car, Wheel-Chair Collision

By KBJR News 1

November 30, 2010 Updated Nov 30, 2010 at 7:18 PM CST

DULUTH, MN (The Northland's NewsCenter) -- Winter weather is taking its toll on motorists and pedestrians here in the Twin Ports.

By 2 p.m. on Tuesday, the Duluth Police Department had already reported half–a–dozen accidents due to what can only be called slick, sloppy streets.

A 9 a.m. accident on Woodland Avenue caused an empty Duluth School District school bus and a late–model sedan to collide.
Duluth Police report the driver suffered minor injuries, and was taken to the hospital.

Earlier in the morning, a woman in a motorized wheel–chair was hit while she was crossing 1st Avenue East in downtown Duluth.

Friends say the victim was ironically on her way to a meeting of the City's Curb Ramp Accessibility and Sidewalk Improvement Committee when she was struck.

Duluth Police Officers said bad weather was partially to blame for the 8:30 a.m. accident. The woman is listed in good condition at Essentia Health Clinic in Duluth.

Duluth Fire Department Captain Bob Noldin said his team responded to several other foul-weather accidents on Tuesday, including a serious slip-and-fall injury at UMD.

"We had a gal that was walking on the sidewalk and she hit a slippery spot and went down," said Noldin describing the 12:30 p.m. incident where he said a woman fell and likely broke her arm.

Captain Noldin said the "slick" and "greasy" quality of the snow was contributing to the problems.

According to the National Weather Service, over seven inches of heavy snow had fallen in just 24 hours by 5 p.m. on Tuesday at the Duluth International Airport.

"Well, first of all, wear the proper clothing, give yourself a little more time, and understand that it is extremely slippery because this is one of those snow falls that's more on the greasy side,' Noldin said.

"It's more of a slippery snow. So just take your time and be little more cautious than normal."

Authorities also remind home-owners in the cities of Duluth and Superior that local ordinances require them to take responsibility for shoveling sidewalks and clearing streets.

Written for the web by Matt Standal
mstandal@northlandsnewscenter.com