Over 200 car crashes across Minnesota due to snow

By KBJR News 1

Credit: Krista Burns

Snow in Duluth's Central Hillside

December 3, 2013 Updated Dec 3, 2013 at 2:34 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Snow has been falling steadily across the Northland since Monday morning, making for some very slick roads.

Those slippery road conditions contributed to about 265 car crashes between midnight on Monday to 11am Tuesday across Minnesota, according to the State Patrol. 36 of those crashes involved injuries.

The State Patrol is reporting 4 fatal crashes on Monday due to the snow covered roads, including a fatal accident in Aitkin County where the driver was killed along Highway 210 after they lost control of their car and slid into oncoming traffic.

The State Patrol is reporting 48 crashes in Duluth, 7 of which involved injuries. 10 crashes were reported in Virginia, however none of those involved injuries.

“If conditions are poor, don’t travel if you don’t have to," says Sgt. Curtis Mowers with the State Patrol. "If you need to drive, be responsible and adapt to the conditions.”

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The Minnesota State Patrol offers the following tips on winter driving:
- Give yourself plenty of travel time — don’t put your schedule before safety.
- Clear snow and ice from all vehicle windows, hood, headlights, brake lights and directional signals.
- Adjust speed to road and weather conditions.
- Lower speeds help drivers avoid crashes and minimize those that occur.
- Keep a safe stopping distance between vehicles, and leave extra room between your vehicle and snow plows or other removal equipment.
- Headlights must be turned on when it is snowing or sleeting.
- Historically during the winter weather months in Minnesota, the number of vehicle crashes, especially property damage crashes, increase substantially.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns