The Minnesota State Patrol says dangerous travel conditions caused by freezing rain and snow contributed to hundreds of crashes and spinouts across the state, including two fatal accidents – one in Duluth and the other in Ham Lake.
Troopers responded to nearly 400 crashes and about 250 spinouts across Minnesota by Monday night.
Two adults and two children were injured in a crash west of Waterville, on Highway 60, early Monday afternoon when troopers say 47-year-old John Bense of Eagle Lake lost control of his pickup and rolled over in the ditch. The report shows 27-year-old Kelly Neilsen of Waseca, a 4-year-old girl, and a 5-year-old boy were also hurt, but none of the injuries were termed life threatening.
An Iowa woman lost control of her car while passing some semis on I-90 near Blue Earth shortly before noon and also rolled it over in the ditch. MSP says the 20-year-old was taken to the hospital with inuries that were not serious, and a passenger was uninjured.
Also just before noon, a pickup rollover on Highway 14 east of Sleepy Eye sent two people to the hospital. Troopers say Arnold Lechuga and Michell Carrero of Springfield were hurt but are expected to recover.
A Sleepy Eye woman was hospitalized Monday morning after an icy crash northwest of New Ulm. State Patrol says 28-year old Keren Linan was on Brown County Road 29 when she lost control, entered the ditch and rolled over shortly before 10 a.m. Linan suffered non-life threatening injuries.
In each of these local incidents, Troopers said the roads were covered with ice and snow.