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1 inch snow in Minnesota reasons 261 car crashes in 18 hours

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota: A snowstorm in Minnesota this week caused the reported crash of some 261 vehicles within an 18-hour period.

The auto accidents were blamed on the first significant snowstorm of the season, which resulted in only an inch of snow across the Minneapolis-area and farther north, said officials.

“Roads are slippery and many driving too fast for conditions,” said Sgt. Jesse Grabow, spokesperson of the Minnesota State Patrol, said in a Twitter post on Sunday night, which showed a photo of a jackknifed tractor-trailer rig blocking lanes on Interstate 94 near Rothsay close to the Minnesota-North Dakota border.

The Minnesota State Patrol reported no fatalities, but said 26 people were injured in the vehicle crashes.

State troopers also responded to another 115 vehicle spin-outs and four jackknifed tractor-trailer rigs during the chaotic time span, officials said.

Josh Hicks, a Minnesota driver who braved the treacherous conditions, told ABC affiliate station KTSP in St. Paul, “Everyone is a rookie on the first snow. People running stop signs, stop lights and you got the people that are overcautious.”

The National Weather Service is forecasting sunny skies and frigid weather in the Minneapolis-St. Paul this week, with temperatures around 7 degrees, adding that strong winds will make it feel like -13 degrees, and there is a 50 percent chance for more snow in the area on Tuesday.

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