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Slick roads lead to crashes, closures during morning commute

One fatal crash was reported Tuesday.

Slick roads across the state led to several crashes Wednesday morning, including at least three jackknifed semi-trucks. 

The Minnesota State Patrol's Sgt. Jesse Grabow said wind and slick roads in west-central Minnesota are causing problems for semi-trucks that are empty or carrying light loads. 

Grabow tweeted at 9:20 a.m. that a semi-truck and car crashed on westbound Interstate 94 east of Moorhead, which blocked the westbound lanes leading to traffic being rerouted. No injuries were reported and at least one lane on the interstate reopened to traffic by 9:45 a.m.

Then at 9:31 a.m., Grabow tweeted a semi-truck jackknifed on I-94 west of Sauk Centre, blocking the westbound left lane. 

A jackknifed semi-truck also completely blocked Highway 169 South near the 101/13 split in Shakopee Wednesday morning.

According to MnDOT's website, most roads in the state are partially or completely covered in snow or ice following Tuesday's winter storm.

Between 9 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. Wednesday, 113 crashes were reported statewide, including eight that caused injuries, as well as 117 spinouts/vehicles off the road and two jackknifed semi-trucks, the Minnesota State Patrol reported

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Earlier on Tuesday, between noon and 9 p.m., 99 crashes were reported, including one fatal crash in Faribault County. 

In that incident, which happened just after 4 p.m., 42-year-old Jason Thomas Harnack of Windom was driving westbound on Interstate 90 when he left the roadway and rolled multiple times, the State Patrol said

Harnack died in the crash. He wasn't wearing a seatbelt. 

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