Storm ices area; no injury accidents reported

Published 11:11 am Monday, December 1, 2008

The season’s first winter storm left city streets, county highways and other roadways treacherous Sunday evening, when motorists returned from Thanksgiving holiday weekend getaways. No personal injury accidents were reported, according to Mower County Sheriff’s Office and Austin Police Department reports.

An Austin Police Department officer, investigating an accident early Sunday evening, almost became a victim when his squad car was rear-ended.

According to a police report, the officer was stopped near the intersection of First Street and Fourth Avenue Southeast investigating a mishap, when a car slid into the rear end of his parked vehicle at 6:59 p.m. The officer was outside the squad car when the collision occurred and escaped injury, as did the 23-year-old driver. No citations were issued due to weather conditions.

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