Crashes pile up after weekend snowstorm

The Twin Cities’ first snowstorm in more than a year made for a dangerous drive in Eagan and across the metro.

As snow poured down on Eagan between 9:30 p.m. Dec. 8 and 10:30 a.m. Dec. 9 Eagan Police responded to 15 crashes on city streets. No one was injured in those incidents.

During that same period of time, the Minnesota State Patrol responded to 171 crashes on the icy highways in the eastern metro, which includes Eagan. Of those crashes, 22 involved injuries.

“The causes of these crashes are people driving too fast, following too closely to other vehicles and not paying attention to driving conditions,” said State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske.

Roeske warns drivers to be cautious at all times regardless of weather conditions.

Eagan Police Officer Desiree Schroepfer recommends drivers take the following precautions in slippery conditions: drive slow, break gently to prevent sliding, limit distractions, keep windows and headlights clear and never pass a snowplow.