Cold holiday travel toll: Dozens of crashes, including fatal one in Clay County

  • Article by: TIM HARLOW , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 23, 2012 - 9:30 PM

Icy roads, blowing snow led to scores of accidents and cars sliding into ditches on Minnesota roads.

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burbdwellerNov. 23, 12 8:36 AM

Wonder how that early opening thing worked out for the local stores with the bad weather. Next year maybe let your employees have a holiday with their families.

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MorgNov. 23, 12 8:52 AM

Why on Earth is transit running on a weekend schedule??? This isn't a Holiday. That many people get the day off or have chosen to take it as PTO doesn't change the fact that today is a normal, regular day. So what's next? Calling the whole week between XMAS and New Years a holiday because many people use that week to burn up their use-it-or-lose-it PTO?

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bellamn16Nov. 23, 1210:27 AM

The stores were noticeably less busy than those same stores last year, Target especially. Though I wasn't there until midnight, I could tell by the merchandise that was left that their crowd must have been VERY light. Also, the roads were GLARE ICE once you got off the interstate and we saw NO plows out, state, county, or city level.

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reader2580Nov. 23, 1210:30 AM

Morg, today is not a normal day. You wrote yourself that many people have the day off. Should Metro Transit waste thousands of gallons of fuel running empty buses around? A few years back my co-worker and I tried to go to lunch in downtown Minneapolis on day after Thanksgiving. We had to walk all over to finally find some place that was actually open.

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falcon1681Nov. 23, 1210:58 AM

Why do so many idiots forget how to drive when a little bit of snow falls?

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mgalaforetNov. 23, 12 1:27 PM

Is it really worth it? No. Falcon1681, no offense to you personally, but from someone who has lived many different places, MN drivers are the worst by far that I have experienced.

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falcon1681Nov. 23, 12 2:05 PM

mgalaforet - Is it really worth it? No. Falcon1681, no offense to you personally, but from someone who has lived many different places, MN drivers are the worst by far that I have experienced. -------- What's to be offended by? I responded to half a dozen "accidents" late last night. And all had one of four issues as contributing factors. 1) Inexperienced driver. 22) Following too close. 3) Going to fast for conditions. and 4) Failure to respect other motorists. We have to extremes in Minnesota. Drivers that are too stupid to use proper caution and drivers that are so over cautious that they cause accidents.

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just1oldgoatNov. 23, 12 2:23 PM

I was misled. I thought that if I spent $55K on a tricked-out, road-hogging SUV, I could still drive 70mph on ice. An I live in the city.

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budgrant00Nov. 23, 12 2:41 PM

I wish our climate would quit changing, we never had snow at Thanksgiving when I was a kid here in Minnesota.

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proute507Nov. 23, 12 2:41 PM

@mgalaforet. The expression, "You have the worst drivers by far in your state/city". Sure. Having lived in different cities/states myself, EVERYBODY states that their city/state has the worst drivers. That argument is soo tired & old. Boston--Tampa--Miami--Seattle...on & on...

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