Patrol reports more than 400 crashes during 1st snowstorm

(St. Paul, MN) — Law enforcement officers across the state were busy assisting drivers caught in the winter storm Tuesday. The Minnesota State Patrol reports a total of 387 crashes between 6 a-m and 9 p-m Tuesday. At least 34 people were injured in the wrecks. There were also 285 vehicle spinouts and 33 jackknifed semis. No reports of any serious injuries or fatalities. The National Weather Service says North St. Paul topped the state with nine inches of snow, St. Peter received eight-and-a-half inches, Stillwater had eight, North Mankato got seven inches, and New Prague and Mankato are reporting a half foot.