ROSEVILLE, Minn. - The morning commute lived up to predictions Friday with dozens of crashes, cars spinning into ditches and bumper to bumper traffic throughout the Twin Cities metro.
A copious coating of fine snow made the roads greasy and slippery, and lanes became snow-packed and tough to navigate. The State Patrol says 124 crashes were reported statewide between 5 and 9 a.m., 23 of them involving injury.
A fatal crash was recorded just before 8 a.m. on State Highway 13 at I-494. Witnesses say a driver was killed when a northbound vehicle lost control, slid sideways into southbound traffic and was broadsided.
The victim is identified as 24-year-old Taya Clifford of Eagan.
Troopers responded to another 119 reports of vehicles leaving the road, and countless spinouts and mishaps could be seen on MnDOT's traffic cameras as the morning progressed.
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