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A car lies overturned in the median on Interstate 90 east of Austin Friday morning. Both people in the vehicle were OK. -- Matt Peterson/matt.peterson@austindailyherald.com
A car lies overturned in the median on Interstate 90 east of Austin Friday morning. Both people in the vehicle were OK. -- Matt Peterson/matt.peterson@austindailyherald.com

Snow makes for treacherous driving, causes crashes

Published 10:53am Friday, May 3, 2013

Drivers continued to slide into ditches, get stuck and cause accidents as of Friday morning, according to local law enforcement.

While neither the Austin Police Department nor Mower County Sheriff’s Office had traffic accident totals from Thursday, Sheriff Terese Amazi said her deputies responded to “a lot.”

Most of the responses were to vehicles stuck or that slid off the road; however, there were some accidents, including a rollover at about 7:45 a.m. Friday about six miles east of Austin on Interstate 90. The sedan lay overturned in the median, but no other vehicles were involved. According to the deputy on scene, both people in the vehicle were OK. None of the local accidents thus far have resulted in fatalities or serious injuries, according to Amazi.

Many were unprepared for such treacherous conditions on May 2 and 3. Amazi mentioned two people from South Dakota got stuck in the ditch, and one was wearing shorts, Crocs shoes and a tank top.

The Minnesota State Patrol also responded to its share of crashes; however, statistics weren’t available as of Friday morning.

Amazi urges drivers to stay belted, keep their lights on and drive slow as conditions are unpredictable.


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