Light Snow Contributed to Rochester Area Crashes
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - There were no serious injuries reported, but the light snow that fell across southeastern Minnesota in the late afternoon on Thursday created slick conditions on area roadways that contributed to a number of crashes in the Rochester area.
The State Patrol says 31-year-old Darcy Lewis of Lake City was treated at the scene for minor injuries when his vehicle and a car driven by a 24-year-old Rochester woman collided on northbound Highway 52 while they were both attempting to exit at the 19th Street interchange around 4 PM. The occupants of the other car were not hurt.
The State Patrol also filed a preliminary report concerning an injury crash on Highway 52 just south of Pine Island around 5:15 in the afternoon. The information available indicates a pickup truck was merging onto the southbound lanes of the highway when it collided with a car. The State Patrol has yet to release any information about the occupants of the vehicles.
A man from Viroqua, Wisconsin was transported to St. Mary's hospital following a crash on I-90 near Eyota shortly before 7 PM. The State Patrol says 55-year-old Carl Hendon was driving east on the freeway when his vehicle collided with a westbound car driven by a Rochester man but went to the median. 24-year-old Nicholas Moder was identified as the other driver and the crash report indicates he was not injured.
Statewide, the State Patrol reported over 200 weather-related crashes and vehicle spinouts yesterday, including the massive pileup that occurred on I-94 near Monticello that involved nearly 30 vehicles. Nine people suffered minor injuries in the pileup, which shut down the freeway for much of the day.