The Free Press, Mankato, MN

February 12, 2014

Slippery roads cause local, statewide crashes


The Mankato Free Press

---- — MANKATO — Temperatures climbed out of the sub-zero numbers but some drivers apparently weren't prepared for the blanket of snow that covered area roads Wednesday morning.

State Patrol troopers working in the Mankato District responded to 12 calls for vehicles that left the road. There were two injury crashes, including a rollover east of Madelia, and four crashes with property damage, Sgt. Jacalyn Sticha said in a news release.

A 35-year-old St. James man was injured in the rollover Wednesday. Patrick J. Casey was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Madelia Hospital and later released.

Casey was driving a 2011 Kia Rio about 8 a.m. and was at the intersection of Highways 15 and 60 when he lost control of the vehicle and it rolled. The road conditions were icy, the State Patrol said.

Deputies didn't respond to any crashes in Blue Earth County Wednesday morning, said Capt. Rich Murry of the Sheriff's Department. There were a few crashes in Nicollet County, including one at the intersection of Lookout Drive and Highway 169.

"When it gets greasy like this, the best thing to do is slow down and take your time," Murry said.

Statewide, there were 109 cars that spun out or went off the roadway during the morning commute. There were 25 injury crashes and 108 property crashes, including 31 rollovers, the patrol news release said.