Winter storm: Sleet, snow, crashes and spinouts
The icy, snowy mess that hit south Washington County late Tuesday and into Wednesday wreaked havoc for drivers on local highways and on side streets in and around Cottage Grove.
Cottage Grove police and emergency workers responded to nearly 30 reports of minor-damage crashes, vehicle spinouts and stuck vehicles between 9 p.m. Tuesday and early Wednesday afternoon.
Slick roadways, accumulating snow and strong wind gusts made driving a challenge for more of Wednesday morning. The snow tapered off in the afternoon. The National Weather Service predicted 2 to 4 inches of snow during the day, with another one-half inch predicted Wednesday night.
The police calls included nine accidents involving one or more vehicles, three spinouts, nine reports of vehicles off the roadway or in the ditch and a handful of vehicles stuck on side streets.
Washington County authorities responded to a crash with injuries at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at Manning Avenue and 100th Street, where one person was transported by ambulance. A few minutes later authorities were called to Highway 61 and Glen Road in Newport for a three-car pile-up. Further information about those incidents was not immediately known.
Around 9:40 a.m. Wednesday a District 833 school bus struck a sign in the roundabout at West Point Douglas Road and Jamaica Avenue. There were no injuries reported and no damage to the bus.
Earlier Wednesday morning another District 833 school bus was stalled at 65th Street and Hinton Avenue because of ice on the road.