296 Crashes Reported During April Storm in Minn.

Updated: 04/11/2013 4:07 PM KSTP.com By: Maricella Miranda

A snow and sleet storm Thursday across Minnesota resulted in 296 crashes as of 4 p.m., according to the State Patrol.

Of those, 39 crashes caused injuries. There were no serious or deadly injuries reported.

In addition, 440 vehicles went off the road and spun out, according to the state patrol. The incidents happened between 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday across the state.

Southwestern Minnesota continues to have difficult travel, power outages and large amounts of debris. The State Emergency Operations Center remains on Level III - which is partial activation, according to the state Department of Public Safety.

From Tuesday through Thursday, the Rochester area experienced 40 vehicles that went off the road, 24 property damage crashes and seven injury crashes. The Mankato area saw 43 vehicles that went off the road, 10 property damage crashes and one injury crash.

The Marshall area experienced 45 vehicles that went off road, 19 property damage crashes and two injury crashes, according to reports from Tuesday through Thursday.

On Thursday, hospitals in the metro treated nearly a dozen people who were injured in vehicle crashes. United Hospital in St. Paul reported having four patients injured in crashes - three of which came to the hospital between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis reported treating about a dozen weather-related injuries, including slips, falls and back pain, a hospital spokeswoman said. Regions Hospital in St. Paul treated one such injury.

Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville had five weather-related injuries. In Princeton, Minn., the company's Northland Medical Center had three weather-related injuries.

The state Department of Transportation is advising motorists in southwestern Minnesota to remain cautious. Driving conditions have improved, but remain difficult because of blowing snow and slippery roads.

The following are some of the traffic incidents reported Thursday:

Man Hit on I-94

A man was hit by a car on Interstate 94 and Riverside Parkway while he was changing a tire. The car reportedly lost control eastbound and collided with the man.

The man was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The man reportedly broke both his legs.

The crash caused traffic backups along I-94.

Another person outside a vehicle was hit westbound along I-94 and State Highway 280 following a spinout. The pedestrian reportedly had minor injuries.

Bus Crash and Spinouts

A car reportedly lost control and rear-ended a Metro Transit bus at University and Malcom avenues. The car then burst into flames.

Paramedics transported one person to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No one was reportedly injured on the bus.

Before 8:30 a.m., an articulated bus and a semi jackknifed on an icy ramp at west Interstate 694 and State Highway 252 in Brooklyn Park. The ramp temporarily shutdown after the spinout.

Along State Highway 36 near Rice Street South, a bus blocked traffic shortly before 8 a.m. The bus' passengers had to board another bus.

Semi Spinouts

Shortly before 10 a.m., a semi jackknifed along Interstate 694 at State Highway 5 in Oakdale. The crash continued blocking traffic along the interstate as of 10 a.m.

A semi jackknifed at Interstate 494 and Interstate 35W in Richfield. The semi lost control along an icy ramp.

Also near the bus spinout, a semi jackknifed at about 7:45 a.m. westbound at State Highway 36 near Interstate 35W. The bus and semi spinout blocked traffic along Highway 36 for 15- to 20 minutes.

Updated weather conditions are available here.

KSTP.com will continue to update this story as information is available.