After a 'crazy' morning drive, snow clears out for improved PM rush hour

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Thousands of white-knuckled drivers sat bumper to bumper during a treacherous commute Thursday morning as several inches of snow coated the Twin Cities.

It was especially nerve-wracking for a pregnant woman stuck in gridlock on Highway 100 who went into labor. The Star Tribune reports the expecting mother pulled over near Benton Ave. until an emergency vehicle arrived.

An Edina spokeswoman said the woman made it to Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park before the baby was born.

The incident along with another kind of water break and a car fire Thursday morning landed in FOX's "3 crazy things that happened during Thursday's commute."

The snow created dicey driving conditions with several spinouts and fender benders reported.

Between 5 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., the Minnesota State Patrol responded to 67 crashes and 106 vehicles that went off the road in the metro.

Statewide, troopers have handled a whopping 230 crashes and 369 spinouts since 5 a.m., according Lt. Eric Roeske.

A pickup stuck in the snow on light rail tracks in Bloomington was hit by a Blue Line train around 11:20 a.m., Minnesota Public Radio reports. Luckily, no one was hurt. The light rail was delayed about 40 minutes following the crash.

In St. Cloud, a school bus carrying 13 students slid into a ditch. There were no injuries reported in that incident either.

Some areas of the Twin Cities saw more than half a foot of snow. The National Weather Service says as of 11 a.m., 6.7 inches were on the ground in Plymouth and 6.3 inches were recorded at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

KARE 11 has a list of cities that have declared snow emergencies.

The snow system cleared out of the state Thursday afternoon. MPR's Paul Huttner expects travel conditions be much improved for the evening commute.

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