First snow of the season causes Thanksgiving travel troubles

By KBJR News 1

November 27, 2013 Updated Nov 27, 2013 at 11:31 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - It was a slow and snowy start to the Thanksgiving Holiday across the Northland with the streets of Duluth turning slick late in the afternoon resulting in a holiday of headaches.

Duluth Police responded to 76 accidents, 4 involving injuries just after three this afternoon, at the peak of Thanksgiving travel.

Roads were slick, commuters were at a standstill and people across Duluth were going nowhere fast.

The first snowfall of the season coupled with construction on I-35 South, caused headaches for people on their Thanksgiving and evening commutes.

Like an accident at the intersection of South 26th Avenue East and Greysolon Road in Duluth,

"I was cruising on my way to work and I couldn't stop, I was sliding down the hill, so I put my car in park because I kept going and I probably pushed that truck ahead of me like twenty feet down the hill in front of me in park," said commuter Amanda Wright.

And that was just the beginning for this Duluthian, who despite the accident is keeping the holiday spirit.

"And then I got hit two more times, hi Mom."

And it was this same scene played out over and over across Duluth, with one accident even involving a Police squad car.

"There was three people standing on the side of the other side of the cop car almost got hit by the cop car. If it wasn't for the fire hydrant they would probably be in the hospital," said eyewitness Chris Adams.

Throughout the afternoon Duluth Police reported more than six dozen accidents with at least four injuries during the peak of the Thanksgiving rush hour commute.

So as commuters make their way to their final destination for Thanksgiving, officials want to remind people to slow down and pack some patience.

For current road conditions across Minnesota and Wisconsin follow the links MnDOT and
WisDOT.

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