At Least One Fatality Reported On Roads This Wintry Morning

At Least One Fatality Reported On Roads This Wintry Morning Click to Enlarge

NEW YORK MILLS, Minn. --Rain and sleet and snow causing slick roads are likely contributing factors in a fatal crash on Highway 10 near New York Mills Wednesday morning.

The State Patrol says just before 7:45 am, a pickup driving westbound on HWY 10 lost control on a bridge deck and went off the road and rolled down onto the Highway 10 on-ramp from County Road 67 in New York Mills. The Patrol's website says the driver of the pickup was a 50-year-old male from Deer Creek. His name has not been released pending notification of relatives.

About a half hour earlier, also near New York Mills, the State Patrol handled a one-vehicle rollover involving a westbound Trail Blazer on Hwy 10 at Haberman Rd, Pine Lake Twp, Otter Tail County. Just before 7:15 am, the vehicle lost control and went into center median and rolled. The sole occupant, driver, 38-year old Robert Wiggins of New York Mills was not wearing a seatbelt and was transported to the Perham Hospital with non life-threatening injuries according to the State Patrol.
The wintry mix of weather also caused many cars to end up in the ditch along Highway 10 between Becker and Clay Counties. Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander says during this morning's commute there were six accidents between Audubon and the Clay County Line on Highway 10 at one point multiple agencies including the sheriff's department, local police, the State Patrol and an ambulance were out near Lake Park handling a rollover.

"People were not slowing down and when they tried they ended up going in the ditch." Glander said.

The sheriff says there were no reports of injuries among those accidents this morning.

Sand crews have been now been out, but, the Sheriff says motorists should still plan to slow down this afternoon and evening heading toward their destinations.

"If you think you've slowed down, slow down some more."

The National Weather Service says snow is expected to fall in the region throughout the day today, with between 3 and 6 inches expected along with ice accumulation.

Also, the State Patrol reminds motorists that state law requires motorists to turn on lights, day or night, during any snow, rain or fog events.

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