Four vehicle crashes on snowy and slippery Minnesota roads took four lives Monday, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety.
The four people killed are:
• A Deerwood woman traveling westbound on Highway 210 in Aitkin County was killed when she lost control of the vehicle, which slid sideways into eastbound traffic. The vehicle was struck on the passenger side by an eastbound vehicle.
• A person was killed after their car was struck by a jackknifed semitrailer. The semitrailer was traveling eastbound on Interstate 94 in Stearns County when it jackknifed, crossing the median into westbound traffic. The westbound vehicle then struck the semi, killing the driver.
• A motorist traveling northbound on Highway 7 in Big Stone County died after losing control of their vehicle. The vehicle ran off the road and rolled down a steep hill.
• A motorist traveling westbound on Sherburne Avenue in Sherburne County died when their vehicle ran off the road and crashed into a tree. The driver was not wearing a seatbelt.
“These crashes are tragic reminders that we need to be especially cautious when driving during winter weather,” said Lt. Eric Roeske, Minnesota State Patrol. “With more winter weather on the way, we need everyone to drive at safe speeds and provide for plenty of travel time as road conditions can change in an instant.”
In 2012, there were 5,688 crashes on snow- and ice-covered roads in Minnesota. Those crashes resulted in 28 deaths and 3,109 injuries.