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Update: 3 people killed in crashes on snowy Minnesota roads

In one crash, a semi ended up in the river.

Three people have already died in crashes on snowy Minnesota roads.

The State Patrol said from midnight to 8:45 p.m. Friday there were 217 crashes reported throughout the state. Of those, 25 resulted in injuries and two were fatal. 

But according to the State Patrol's crash reports, there was another fatal crash at 9:30 p.m., bringing the number of deaths up to three. 

That crash happened east of St. Cloud in Princeton. 

A pickup truck had been traveling Southbound on 169 over Rum River Drive. It spun out on the icy roads, rolled two-and-a-half times, and ended up in the ditch. The driver, a 58-year-old St. Paul man, was killed.

The two other incidents are reported below. 

Read the original story from Friday afternoon below:

Two people have already been killed in crashes on Minnesota's snowy roads.

The State Patrol said from midnight to noon Friday there were 101 crashes reported throughout the state.

Two of them were fatal:

One was near Duluth, where most roads are "completely covered" following snowfall of anywhere from 1-8 inches throughout the northeast. 

At about 4:40 a.m. the driver of a semi truck – heading northbound on an icy Interstate 35 in Scanlon – lost control of his vehicle. It hit the median, then went into the St. Louis River, the State Patrol says.

Here's a look at the type of conditions Minnesotans in that area have been driving in:

The other fatal crash was in Daggett Brook Township, south of Brainerd. A vehicle heading south was trying to pass another – they lost control and were hit by a semi truck heading north, State Patrol Lt. Tiffani Nielson told GoMN.

The driver of the passing car was killed.


Things to remember when driving on icy roads

Central Minnesota has been subjected to 2-5 inches of snow. Roads there (as of 1 p.m.) are generally listed as "normal."

There were also 16 injuries reported between midnight and noon Friday across the state, plus 125 vehicle spin outs.

Check road conditions and drive safely

The afternoon commute for anyone heading home from work could still be treacherous, especially as drivers get acclimated to traveling in the snow again.

Before you head out, check MnDOT's real-time road conditions map here, to see crashes and important weather notices.

Also make sure to get your car ready for a slick drive: slow down, have an emergency kit, and clean off your car (all of it). You can read our story about smart winter driving here.

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