Light rail disruption over; patrol handles 249 crashes, spinouts

  • Article by: Paul Walsh , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 31, 2013 - 1:37 PM

Yet another day of subzero temperatures put a glisten on Twin Cities highways Tuesday, sending motorists slipping and sliding even before the sun brought the dawn’s early light on the last day of 2013.

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bigbadbeanDec. 31, 13 8:33 AM

The two types of drivers who cause the most accidents are those in 4 wheel drive vehicle who think it gives them the ability to drive as if the roads were clear and dry and those that feel they must go 10 miles an hour even if 35-40 is safe. Add in the people who refuse top clean their back windows and you have a mess.

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Mplsuptown1Dec. 31, 13 8:41 AM

Where was MNDOT last night. My car and those next to me were spinning going up the hill east bound 494 from the Wakota Bridge. A little sand/salt would have helped but maybe not with all the black ice built up.

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klmoonDec. 31, 13 9:18 AM

@Mplsuptown1 - Sand may have helped, but salt won't do a thing at these cold temperatures.

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letaijacrimeDec. 31, 13 9:52 AM

The good news is that there is evidence that people really do learn after their car hits the ditch 3 or 4 times.

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bigbadbeanDec. 31, 1310:02 AM

We can also be thankful it was during a holiday week and fewer cars for the commute. A 25 mile drive to the airport, which normally takes 30 minutes, took over two hours last night.

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beautyehDec. 31, 1310:09 AM

@Bigbadbean I was on 62 just west of 169 this morning and saw two cars lose it on black ice. Both were doing 45-50 because is as so slippery and neither were in SUVs. The roads are horrible today regardless.

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FrankLDec. 31, 1310:21 AM

klmoon, actually salt will help because the ice will melt slightly around the salt chunk providing pockmarks in the ice that allow for some grip. Of course sand helps too.

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bigazzmofoDec. 31, 1310:24 AM

The good driver gene pool is being diluted.

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allen113Dec. 31, 1310:39 AM

If you're driving 50 mph in these conditions you are probably going too fast. At some point you're going to have to brake and it really doesn't matter what you are driving then. When I came in this morning the freeway was mostly glaze ice and yet people were speeding along as if it was just water. Give yourself some extra time to get where you're going, allow a little more room between you and the car in front of you, and slow down. It's better to arrive late than not at all.

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ssonimacDec. 31, 1310:52 AM

If you were one of the idling ditch dwellers that heard someone mockingly honk at you as they drove by, that was me. Learn how to drive in Mn.

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