First major snowfall causes two crashes and three are dead
Both Kare11.com and WCCO.com reported on the two car crashes and three deaths that resulted from the first major snowfall of the year. WCCO.com had a much less detailed article with very little information on the accidents but their article was released earlier in the day than Kare11's report. At that time, details had not yet been released.
Kare11.com said about 2 inches of snow fell in this storm and driving conditions were dangerous as a result. 190 plows and salt trucks were out that night to help make the roads safer but there were still some icy spots. The first crash occurred in Rogers on I-94 around 10 p.m. Friday. A car slid into the ditch prompting another car to come help. But then a third vehicle slid into the car trying to help which hit the original car. Two men died in this accident.
The second accident happened in Roseville at about 4 a.m. Saturday. A 29-year-old man died when his car slid into the ditch on Highway 36. It is unclear how fast everyone involved in accidents were going at the time, officials urge everyone to slow down in dangerous weather conditions. "It would be better to be late and drive slow and carefully than to end up in a ditch," Kent Barnard of the Minnesota Department of Transportation said. He adds that it is important to keep a greater distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you.