Snowstorm Causes Multiple Crashes 06 Mar 13

The State Patrol responded to a total of 122 crashes statewide within 5 hours Tuesday morning, 16 of them involving injuries, as Minnesota drivers dealt with a late-winter snowstorm. Another 114 vehicles across the state either left the road or spun out. No fatalities were reported in Minnesota from this latest winter storm. In the local area Tuesday morning, two people were hurt in a head-on collision on Highway 67 in Redwood County at just after 8 o’clock. 16-year-old Tawnee Pendelton of Redwood Falls lost control of her vehicle on the icy road and hit a car driven by 49-year-old Mary Steinhaus of Morgan. Both received minor injuries. Two people were hurt on a crash on Highway 212 just west of Renville at around 9:30 Tuesday morning as well. 50-year-old Vickie Sober of Minneapolis got caught in a snow cloud from a semi and ran head-on into a car driven by 55-year-old Laurie Thielen of Sacred Heart. They were both hospitalized with minor injuries. Three different car crashes occurred on an icy Highway 60 Tuesday evening. 16-year-old Edgar Ortiz of St. James lost control of his car on the icy highway at about 5:40pm near Butterfield and hit a cement guardrail. He was treated for minor injuries at the St. James Hospital. 22-year-old Marissa Granstra of Adrian suffered minor injuries when she lost control of her vehicle on a patch of ice near Heron Lake at just after 6pm. She was taken to the Windom Hospital. And 54-year-old Jon Smith of St. James lost control of his Jeep Cherokee on some ice at just after 7:30pm and it went into the ditch near Madelia and rolled. He suffered only minor injuries as well, and was treated at the Madelia Hospital.