It's still slick out there; troopers respond to 9 crashes in Alexandria region
Recent calls for service and crashes that Minnesota State Troopers responded to proved that despite the passing of the recent blizzards and opened roadways, motorists still need to exercise extra caution.
On Wednesday, January 5, troopers in the west central and northwest regions kept quite busy. Troopers in these areas responded to 38 vehicles that had slid off the road ways and required motorists assistance, many of those receiving minor damage.
An additional nine crashes, all of which resulted in rollovers and significant damage were also reported. One of those resulted in minor injuries.
Most of the activity was contained to the I-94 corridor from Moorhead to Alexandria and occurred within a few hours period. This was during the early afternoon when the sun was shining, there was a slight breeze causing some ground drifting and blow-ice making the roads extremely slippery in spots.
Sunny days can lull motorists into a false sense of security that the roads are clear and dry, said Trooper Jesse Grabow. That is not the case, and motorists need to evaluate the roads on a constant moment by moment basis.
"We still have a lot of winter driving ahead of us and motorists need to pay full attention and be prepared," Grabow said.