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April blizzard makes travel dangerous across south Washington County

A semi jacknifed on Highway 61 near Kingsborough Trail April 14 during the snowy weather. Courtesy of MnDOT

COTTAGE GROVE — A weekend-long springtime blizzard made travel hairy across the state from the evening of April 13 to the morning commute April 16.

Cottage Grove police reported two accidents with minor injuries. There were also nine property damage accidents and at least 16 vehicles off the road or in need of assistance.

Woodbury responded to 17 crashes, and nearly 50 vehicles off the road, stuck or disabled on Saturday and Sunday.

One semi, on April 14, jackknifed on Highway 61 near Kingsborough Trail, blocking all northbound lanes for a time.

Twenty other jackknifed semis were reported through the weekend by the Minnesota State Patrol.

The State Patrol reported over 600 crashes from midnight Friday to Sunday night. Nearly 70 caused injuries, but only three were considered serious. There were nearly 1,200 spin outs and vehicles off the road.

There were two fatalities.

South Washington County schools had delayed starts Monday in light of the roads.

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