MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The season’s first significant snowfall caused bedlam Saturday on Minnesota’s roads, resulting in nearly 450 crashes and one death.
State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske said that from noon to 8:30 p.m. Minnesota’s road saw 442 crashes. Forty-eight of those crashes resulted in injuries, one of which was serious and one of which was fatal. Some 282 of the crashes involved cars spinning out or running off road, and two of them involved squad cars.
Of all the crashes during that time period, 261 happened in the metro, which saw 28 injuries and 126 cars off road. The fatality, however, did not happen in the metro, Roeske said.
Police have yet to release information regarding the crash (or crashes) that killed one and left another seriously injured. Police said that as of 8:30 p.m., no more crash updates will be given Saturday.
Across the state, up to a foot of snow fell. The Minnesota Department of Transportation said they have 126 crews working 12-hour shifts to deal with the slick roads and heavy snow.
10 P.M. Weather Report