2010 goes out with a slippery, dangerous bang
Minnesota state troopers were busy throughout the snowy New Year's Eve weekend.
From the time the winter storms started on Thursday, December 30, until Monday, January 3, troopers in the west central and northwest regions responded to approximately 621 vehicles that had ran off the road, many of those receiving minor damage.
An additional 67 crashes resulting in substantial damage were also reported, with 32 of those being rollovers, 11 injuries; none of those in these regions were serious.
Two jackknifed semis were also attended to. Most of the activity was contained to the I-94 corridor from Moorhead to Alexandria. The freeway was closed on two occasions during this period.
Since opening the freeways at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, troopers in the west central areas responded to 55 vehicles that had slid off the road, an additional 27 crashes in which 16 of those were rollovers. Three of those were injury crashes, none were serious despite Life Flight having responded to and transported one from Highway 75 near Perly.
Prior to opening the freeway on Sunday, at approximately 7:30 a.m., on I-94 near Rothsay, a state trooper was on patrol and met a vehicle traveling 86 mph on the closed and icy freeway. The trooper cited Dmitri Kilin, 36, of Fargo, North Dakota for speeding and driving on a closed road.
Over the three-day weekend, the Alexandria area received snowfall totals ranging from 10 to 13 inches, according to KSAX-TV Meteorologist Mark Anthony.