First Snow Causes Hundred Of Crashes 21 Nov 11

The first major snowfall of the season caused plenty of problems on Minnesota roads, with hundreds of crashes reported in just the first few hours after the snow started falling. The State Patrol says there were 200 crashes statewide between Noon and 3pm on Saturday. Of those, 25 were injury crashes. There were about 80 cases of vehicles spinning out or running off the road in that time. Locally, 31-year-old Sara Ann Wendinger of Sleepy Eye lost control of her Chevy Tahoe on an icy Brown County Road 29 Saturday afternoon. She and her 1-year-old passenger escaped injury. Later in the evening 18-year-old Christine Zimmerman of Juneau, Wisconsin lost control of her Chevy Trailblazer on 29 as well and hit a sign. She was not injured either. Several other crashes occurred throughout the KNUJ area following Saturday’s snowfall as well, but no serious injuries have been reported.