Hundreds of Crashes, Spinouts Reported Across MN Sunday

Updated: 01/28/2013 2:22 PM By: Jennie Olson

The State Patrol is reporting hundreds of crashes and spinouts as a mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow make travel difficult across much of southern Minnesota.
Lt. Eric Roeske says 367 crashes were reported between noon and 8:30 p.m. Sunday, with 48 injuries, though none seriously. He says another 299 vehicles went off the roads or spun out, and three semis jackknifed.

The State Patrol shut down northbound 35W just south of the split so crews can remove the semi.
A National Weather Service spotter reported 2 inches of snow on top of a tenth of an inch of ice in St. Paul.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation recommended no travel across a large part of southeastern Minnesota, including portions of Interstates 35 and 90. MnDOT also reported difficult driving conditions throughout the Twin Cities and along I-94 and I-35 west and north of the metro area.

MNDOT spokeswoman Rebecca Arndt says crews are out treating the roads.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.