State Patrol responds to nearly 200 crashes on slick roads Thursday

The Minnesota State Patrol responds to crashes on snowy Minnesota roads Thursday morning. (Minnesota State Patrol)

The Minnesota State Patrol reported nearly 200 crashes and more than 195 more spinouts on slick roads Thursday after some snowy weather moved across the state.

Between 5 a.m. and 4 p.m., the State Patrol responded to 199 crashes, 21 of which involved injuries.

Troopers also responded to 195 vehicle spinouts and two jackknifed semis Thursday.

One fatal crash was reported just after midnight Thursday morning on I-94 just east of Albany. The three-vehicle crash was a head-on collision.

A semi and a snowplow also collided Thursday morning on I-94 in Woodbury

A variety of road conditions were reported across the state, including ice-covered roads, wheel track ice, blow ice, black ice, snow-covered roads and wet roads. 1-3 inches of snow fell in the Twin Cities area and places like Hutchinson, Minn. received more than 5 inches Thursday.

Visibility was limited in some areas as well.

The State Patrol recommended keeping cruise control off, headlights on and to use common sense as temperatures drop and plows work to clear roads.