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Woman, 30, critical after crash in snowy conditions north of Twin Cities

She is believed to have lost control and slid into the opposite lane.

A driver is in a critical condition in Hennepin County Medical Center after a crash in snowy conditions north of the Twin Cities on Monday.

The crash happened at 4:26 p.m. on Lake George Boulevard NW in Oak Grove, and left a 30-year-old woman with life-threatening injuries.

She was behind the wheel of a Toyota Camry, with the Anoka County Sheriff's Department saying she is believed to have "lost control on the slippery, snow covered roadway" and then slid sideways as she traveled south on Lake George Blvd. at 197th Ave. NW.

Her Camry was struck broadside by a northbound GMC pickup truck being driven by a 50-year-old man from St. Francis.

The driver of the pickup was not injured in the crash, with police saying that alcohol was not a factor in the incident.

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The road was closed for several hours while the crash investigation took place.

It was one of 168 crashes that happened across Minnesota between 4 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., as unexpectedly heavy snow arrived in the southern half of the state.

The Minnesota State Patrol says a further 174 spinouts and 2 jackknifed semis were reported.

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