I-94 crashes near Hudson Bridge delays overnight traffic for hours

  • Article by: KEVIN GILES , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 17, 2013 - 4:39 AM

 

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bubzkiDec. 17, 13 8:01 AM

Seems like a recurring theme, doesn't it? Spin out leads to serious accident and pile-up. Seriously people, consider getting proper winter-specific tires. They are far, far safer this time of year. Quebec actually mandates them for this very reason.

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scubadoo68Dec. 17, 13 9:53 AM

I'm amazed how fast cars come zipping past me as I drive my 4WD to work in slippery conditions...

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FrankLDec. 17, 1310:10 AM

bubzki, winter tires were not going to help unless you could have studs. The road looked wet except for a thin sheen of ice in patches. even at 7pm there were areas where all you could do was take your foot off the gas and let the car slide through the icy patches. Don't know why is was so icy, at 20F the salt should have been working.

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schmuckDec. 17, 1310:33 AM

MN-DOT for the most part has abandoned the stretch of 94 between Woodbury and the border. They haven't properly taken care of that stretch of highway in over a decade. Anytime there is a significant snowfall the average speed picks up by 20 mph as soon as you cross the river into Wisconsin.

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Tom_ClarkDec. 17, 1311:13 AM

I was on the scene shortly after this incident began and I-94 was very slick in spots. However as has already been noted, the pavement in Wisconsin was in much better condition, because they brine the roadway. MnDoT needs to do the same thing on the Minnesota side, at least on the hill leading from the bridge to the weigh station. There's really no reason given the volume of traffic that this shouldn't be done, given the sort of consequences I saw last night.

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FrankLDec. 17, 1311:32 AM

I am sure they'll have the usual mantra, speed was a factor. Baloney, when I came through we were doing 15-20 MPH and it was white knuckle driving even then! I know my foot wasn't even on the gas, it was just the engine idle maintaining that speed. Stepping on the brakes would have started a spin.

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elle2008Dec. 18, 13 5:39 AM

For all of you roadmeisters out there, if Wisconsin is better, then move over there. I wish we could go back to studs on our tires but there goes the roads. You want better roads, pay more taxes. What a novel thought.

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