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Icy roads cause headaches during Tuesday morning commute in Woodbury

Seven cars spun into the ditch on the I-94 offramp onto Radio Drive in Woodbury during the morning rush hour on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2016. (Photo by Youssef Rddad) 1 / 2
Tow trucks work to clear spun-out vehicles Tuesday morning near I-94 and Radio Drive in Woodbury. (photo by Youssef Rddad)2 / 2

Freezing mist caused slick roads, leading to multiple spinouts and crashes near Woodbury and across the metro Tuesday.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), reported more than 10 accidents on Interstate 94 near Interstates 494 and 694 during the morning time rush hour.

Seven cars spun into a ditch while exiting I-94 onto Radio Drive around 8:30 a.m.

A tow truck and a Woodbury Public Safety vehicle were on the scene.

Between midnight and 4 p.m., Woodbury Public Safety responded to 18 accidents, Woodbury police spokeswoman Michelle Okada said Tuesday.

The Minnesota State Patrol noted 288 crashed statewide between midnight and 3 p.m., which included 46 injuries, one death and 68 vehicles that spun off the road.

“On days like today, when it is icy rain making travel complicated, we recommend limiting to only necessary travel,” Okada said, adding that drivers should take their time when coming around turns.

MnDOT noted several other crashes across the metro.

Kevin Gutknecht, a spokesman for the department, said in a Tweet that trucks are putting down salt on roads. He also urged drivers to slow down.

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