Storm Related Death Toll Climbs to Four
The snowstorm that arrived in Minnesota Monday is now blamed for the deaths of four people. The State Patrol is indicating icy conditions contributed to a crash just before 6 a.m. Tuesday near Faribault that killed two men from Missouri. The victims, who were 34 and 35 years old, were in a car that slid into the path of another car on Highway 21 in Rice County.
The two other deaths occurred Monday. A 30-year-old woman from Springfield died after her car collided with a truck near Lake Crystal in Blue Earth County, and an 18-year-old woman from New Prague was fatally injured in a two car crash Monday night in Carver County.
Icy conditions contributed to numerous traffic crashes and vehicle spin outs in the Rochester area Tuesday morning. The State Patrol is reporting that at least three people were transported to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. A 66-year-old Owatonna woman was driving a car that left Highway 14 and struck a large utility pole in Byron, a 69-year-old Rochester woman was hurt when her car left Highway 63 south of Rochester and smashed into a tree, and a Chicago man suffered injuries when his semi-truck jackknifed on Highway 52 just south of Rochester.
The storm system dumped over 16 inches of snow on parts of central Minnesota. The Rochester area saw only about 1 to 2 inches of accumulation, while close to 4 inches was reported in the Wabasha area and about 5 ½ inches fell in parts of Winona County.