About 12 inches of snow accompanied by wind gusts of up to 43 mph slammed the area Friday and Saturday.
The bad weather contributed to a State Patrol squad car being listed as a total loss Saturday on Highway 371, just north of Nisswa.
The Brainerd area received about 4 inches of snow Friday, the DNR reported, and close to 8 inches Saturday. While wind gusts reached 43 mph in Brainerd, the DNR reported the average wind speed Saturday was between 38-40 mph.
The high winds created drifting and visibility problems for motorists. State Patrol Capt. Kent O'Grady said his troopers responded to more than 28 vehicles in ditches and six accidents Saturday. Despite the number of accidents, only one involved injuries, O'Grady said.
One of the accidents did, however, involve State Patrol Trooper Doug Brown.
Brown was assisting with the removal of several vehicles from the ditch on Highway 371 near West Twin Lake at 5 p.m., O'Grady said, when a pickup truck unable to stop on the slick roadway slid into the back of the squad car. Brown, who was in his squad car at the time of the accident, had minor injuries, but continued to work, O'Grady said.
The driver of the pickup, David Selinger, 45, Pequot Lakes, also suffered minor injuries. Both vehicles sustained major damage.
"We were fortunate no one was seriously injured in this crash," said O'Grady, noting there were only two accidents involving injury all weekend. "Had the trooper been outside of his patrol car, we might have had a very different outcome."
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