Car rolls over, others in ditch on I-90Published 5:04pm Thursday, April 18, 2013
ALDEN — Motorists were finding themselves in ditches Thursday afternoon as roads conditions deteriorated into a sloppy mess, especially to the west of Albert Lea.
The Tribune drove between Albert Lea and Alden and discovered what appeared to be a rolled Ford Escape on the north-side ditch of the westbound lanes, a Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office patrol car that slid into the north ditch of the westbound lanes, a white Lincoln Continental that had spun into the median near a turnaround and a silver Ford Taurus that had spun into the north ditch of the westbound lanes just after the twin bridges.
Calls for most of them began to reach dispatchers around 2 p.m.
Despite 70 mph speed limits, motorists on the stretch were keeping their feet of the gas pedals, traveling about 30 to 40 mph.
The roadway was a mix of slush and ice. The 10 mph wind — with 20 mph gusts — would hit curves and make conditions worse.
The scanner traffic indicated many other spinouts and slides into ditches along area freeways.
Freeborn County was not in a winter weather advisory Friday. However, Faribault County to the west and Waseca and Dodge counties to the north were. Much of Minnesota from Worthington to Grand Marais was in a winter storm warning.
Freeborn County was in a hazardous weather outlook.