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Snowy Saturday brings hundreds of crashes, spinouts across MN

Three semis also jackknifed.

The snow storm that inundated much of Minnesota made a mess of the roads, and the State Patrol has the numbers to prove it. 

A tweet from the patrol says that between 10 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.. Saturday, there were 187 crashes and 314 spinouts: 

Also in the mix were three jackknifed semi trucks, the Patrol says.

WCCO reporter Nick Streiff is reporting even higher numbers of spinouts and crashes, with the latter reaching 317 by his count:

Unfortunately, Saturday's crashes brought no small amount of injuries, with the State Patrol saying 21 of the incidents involved people getting hurt.

Those include a suspected drunk driving-related crash in Coon Rapids, in which a woman and two children were hospitalized with severe injuries. 

Meanwhile, in Duluth, heavy snowfall caused a number of drivers to get stuck, much to the apparent frustration of local police:

The repeated rescues come after the department's emphatic warnings to local drivers to stay home. 

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