Rochester Area Crash Among Dozens of Injury Crashes Statewide
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - Slick conditions created by today's snowfall contributed to hundreds of traffic crashes in Minnesota.
As of late this morning, the Minnesota State Patrol had received reports of 322 crashes. 25 of those crashes resulted in injuries, but there were no serious injuries or fatalities reported. There were another 67 reports of vehicle spin-outs or vehicles off the road, and three reports of jackknifed semi-trucks.
One of the injury crashes occurred in Olmsted County. The State Patrol says 42-year-old A. Myles Delonno was transported to St. Mary's Hospital after the pickup he was driving left I-90 and rolled. The crash was reported around 9:30 a.m. just south of Rochester near Simpson, about halfway between the Highway 63 and Highway 52 interchanges.
His injuries were described as non-life-threatening. Information about Delonno's hometown is not available.
At the time of the crash, the freeway was snow and ice covered. Travel conditions have improved this afternoon, although I-90 from Highway 63 to the Winona exit is described as partially covered by compacted snow and Highway 63 south of I-90 is a bit worse with compacted snow on the roadway.
A winter weather advisory remains in effect until 6 PM. Preliminary reports indicate the Rochester area has seen 1-2 Inches of snow today in the first measurable snow event of the season. The National Weather Service is currently forecasting the possibility of another 1-2 inches of snow tomorrow.