Vehicle crashes double in Duluth this winter

By KBJR News 1

Vehicle crashes double in Duluth this winter

January 23, 2014 Updated Jan 23, 2014 at 2:24 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) – The Minnesota State Patrol says vehicle crashes have doubled in Duluth this winter over last year. The extreme cold has created many areas of black ice.

Icy roads are blamed for a vehicle rollover this morning on the 3800 block of London Road in Duluth. This is one of 52 rollovers in Duluth this winter so far.

Minnesota State Patrol spokesman, Curtis Mowers, says winter generally brings fewer serious and fatal injury crashes than other seasons, because people generally use caution on icy roads.

However, he says many motorists are still driving too fast keeping the towing companies busy.

"I mean generally we get a few during the winter (rollovers) but nothing like this winter. Like I said, this winter has been pretty cold, pretty icy, a lot of snow so the elements are pretty good for accidents for a lot of people. It is unfortunate, but it happens,” vehicle tower with Lakewood Towing, Jad Carlson, said.

The Minnesota State Patrol actually sees a lot more fatal and serious injury crashes during summer.

They believe that is due to people being more comfortable with speeding during better weather conditions.

Ramona Marozas