Unexpected road conditions cause crashes
The roads in southern Minnesota were difficult to manage Thursday as slick streets and blowing snow hindered drivers.
Antonio Gray, 30, of Rochester, suffered non-life-threatening injuries after he lost control of his vehicle, headed northbound on Highway 52 at 415th Street, went into the median and rolled, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. He was taken to St. Marys Hospital.
A number of other vehicles landed in the ditch, collided with guard rails and spun out, but most were minor incidents that did not result in serious injuries or damage, according to the Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office.
South of Goodhue County, there were more issues with icy roads and blowing snow causing near white-out conditions.
The Minnesota State Patrol’s southeastern district — based out of Rochester and including Goodhue County — reported preliminary numbers of at least 55 vehicles that went off the roadway in the region as of Thursday afternoon. More than half the property damage crashes reported at that time were rollovers.
Many drivers likely were not expecting poor road conditions with the warm day and were driving faster, the office said.
Temperatures briefly climbed above freezing but dropped again, creating icy patches that, along with blowing snow boosted by high winds, made roads dangerous.
The Red Wing area can expect up to about an inch of snow today and could see snow and a snow/rain mix Monday, according to the National Weather Service.