Snowy Rush Hour Crash Leaves Eagan Woman Dead

Updated: 02/22/2013 4:50 PM By: Jennie Olson

Authorities are investigating a crash during a snowy rush hour that left an Eagan woman dead.
The Minnesota State Patrol says 24-year-old Taya N. Clifford was northbound on Highway 13 at Interstate 494 in Eagan just before 8 a.m. Friday when she lost control of her vehicle on the icy road. Her vehicle came to a stop sideways in the southbound lanes, where it was broadsided on the driver's side by an oncoming minivan. The van driver suffered minor injuries.

The Patrol identifies the victim as 24-year-old Taya N. Clifford, of Eagan. The other driver suffered minor injuries.

The Patrol reported nearly 300 crashes statewide as of 4 p.m., including 43 with injuries, and more than 200 spinouts or vehicles off the road.

Driving conditions are still rates difficult in some parts of southeastern and northeastern Minnesota.

The storm left five to eight inches of snow in southern Minnesota, and four inches at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

The winter weather advisory continues until 6 p.m.

Meanwhile, a combination of falling and blowing snow is making travel difficult in parts of Wisconsin.

Numerous spin-outs kept law enforcement agencies busy in eastern Wisconsin where the wind off Lake Michigan caused heavy drifting. Light to moderate snow was expected to fall throughout the day.

Dozens of school districts decided to give students a long weekend, including Green Bay, Manitowoc, Oconto Falls, Wautoma and Wild Rose. The University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc also called off classes.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.