Snowy roads lead to 360 crashes, 641 spin outs statewide

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Drivers are being warned to slow down on snowy roads after the Minnesota State Patrol responded to 318 crashes and 515 spin outs across the state from late Monday night into Tuesday evening. 

Eleven of the crashes involved injuries. 

Another round of snow dropped at least 3 inches of snow on the metro as of Tuesday morning, and the Twin Cities could see up to 5 inches by midday. Public safety officials are warning drivers to slow down, increase their following distance and plan extra time for travel when driving in snow. 

Minnesota law also requires drivers to move over when they see the flashing lights of an emergency vehicle. A State Patrol squad car was hit Tuesday afternoon, increasing the number of squad cars hit so far this month to 10. The trooper was not injured. 

State Patrol Sgt. Jesse Grabow reported a vehicle rollover on Interstate 94 in western Minnesota with three young children in the car. Luckily, no one was injured. 

In rural Dakota County Tuesday morning, bystanders tried to help push a car stuck on the railroad tracks, but it was hit by an oncoming train. The driver, who was still inside, suffered only minor injuries.

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