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Storm Creates Dangerous Road Conditions


This news story was published on January 31, 2011.
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The region’s latest snowstorm is creating treacherous conditions for drivers in Southern Minnesota and North Iowa. Story by NorthIowaToday.com Multi-Media Journalist Dave Hansen.|ALBERT LEA, MNóThe region’s latest snowstorm is creating treacherous conditions for drivers in Southern Minnesota and North Iowa.

At around 3 p.m. Monday afternoon troopers were assisting people involved in at least 3 wrecks on Interstate 35 just south of the intersection of 35 and Interstate 90 in Freeborn County.

In the space of less than a mile a U-haul truck driver had slid into a ditch and his car-hauling trailer was sticking partially into a southbound lane of traffic on I-90.

Not far away a tow truck was pulling a jackknifed semi tractor-trailer out of a ditch on the northbound side of I-90.

About 8 miles farther south near Albert Lea, a trooper was standing by as two tow-truck operators began attaching cables to a semi rig out of the Twin Cities that had jackknifed just after it crossed the state highway 65 bridge.

The State Patrol is confirming that no one was hurt in the wreck.

A trooper said that conditions were not good on I-35 in southern Minnesota.

He advised drivers to slow down.

Icy stretches of roadway, especially under bridges and blowing snow could also be found on I-90 in southern Minnesota and I-35 in north Iowa.

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