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Published December 30, 2010, 09:37 PM

Highway Patrol Responds to Over 130 Cars in Ditch in West-Central, Northwest Parts of MN

The Minnesota State Patrol says it responded to 131 cars in the ditch that needed assistance, between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Thursday. There was at least one fatally reported in Minnesota, near Sauk Centre. The Patrol says most of the need for assistance was in the I-94 corridor from Moorhead to Alexandria.

By: WDAZ Staff Reports,

From the Minnesota State Patrol:

From an approximate period of 9:00 am till 9:00 pm on Thursday, December 30, 2010, Minnesota State Troopers responded to several calls for service throughout the state. During that period, weather and conditions worsened throughout the day and State Troopers responded to over 309 vehicles that had slid off the roadway and many of those receiving minor damage. 131 of those vehicles were attended to by troopers in the west-central and northwest regions of Minnesota.

Most of the activity and need for services were along the I-94 corridor from Moorhead to Alexandria. Troopers in this region also responded to 24 crashes involving substantial damage, nine of those crashes involved rollovers. Three of the crashes involved minor injuries. A semi truck tractor and trailer jackknifed on I94 approximately three miles east of Exit 61 (Fergus Falls).

Troopers are investigating a fatal crash involving a car and a semi on I94 near Sauk Centre that occurred around 2:00 pm. Both vehicles were west bound, when the passenger car spun out and was struck broadside by the semi. The driver of the passenger car was killed. The driver of the semi was not injured. Information on parties involved is being held until family can be notified.

I94 from Moorhead to Alexandria was closed at 7:00 pm due to hazardous road conditions. The highway will remained closed until further notice. Please note that when a road is closed it is illegal to travel in that area. Motorists can be fined up to $1,000 and/or sentenced to 90 days in jail. In addition, if travelers need to be rescued from a closed road, other expenses and penalties will apply.

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