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Another slippery weekend keeps troopers busy in west central Minnesota

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Minnesota state troopers kept active this past weekend once again as weather made for difficult traveling conditions, hitting the west central and northwest regions.

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Troopers in these regions responded to 45 vehicles that had slid off the road. Troopers also responded to an additional 25 crashes, 10 of those were rollovers, and four of those resulted in injuries.

On Friday, January 21, at approximately 11 a.m., on I-94 near milepost 5, troopers investigated an injury crash between a state snow plow and a semi. Both units were westbound when the semi rear ended the snow plow and both units ended up in the median. The semi is owned by E & B Trucking Inc, of Fargo, ND and was driven by Kevin Blomseth, 42, of Detroit Lakes. Blomseth was transported by ambulance, medical condition unknown, not believed to be serious. The snow plow was driven by Charlie Larson, 33, of Moorhead. Larson received minor injuries but was not transported.

This is the second time Larson has been hit by a semi while in a snow plow in his nine-year career with the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Both units were severely damaged and needed to be towed from the scene. The crash remains under investigation.

Although the crash occurred while westbound and ended up in the median, the units needed to be removed from the eastbound side. Troopers were at the scene for approximately six hours. Eastbound traffic was congested and troopers said that people trying to take photos and videos with the cell phones of the wreck as they passed did not help matters any.

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