Treacherous Thanksgiving Travel

By KBJR News 1

November 24, 2010 Updated Nov 24, 2010 at 10:44 PM CDT

MNDOT is already reporting nearly 200 crashes across the state since eight this morning with about 40 of those resulting in injuries.

Right now the MNDOT website says to expect difficult driving conditions on Northern Minnesota road.

The winter weather didn't take long to start taking its toll.

Two people from Esko slid off the road at the base of the Bong Bridge just after 5:30.

The driver said he was traveling under the speed limit, but not at a typical winter speed, and hit a patch of ice.

No one was injured in this accident.

Just a half hour later, a woman and her two children were involved in a rollover on southbound 53 outside of Superior.

The three were pinned inside the vehicle for a short time but eventually escaped without injury.

I–35 was also pretty ugly with blowing snow and a little bit of ice.
However MNDOT had plows out immediately trying to keep up with the snow and they're working around the clock.

This storm couldn't have come at a worst time.

The thanksgiving holiday weekend is one of the most dangerous times to be on Minnesota roadways.

In the last three years sixteen deaths have occurred over this span.