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Two Reported Traffic Fatalities During Snow-Socked Weekend

There were more than 600 crashes and 1,000 spinouts

April 16, 2018 - 7:12 am

Minnesota roadways made near impassable by the massive snowstorm were the scene of hundreds of vehicle crashes over the weekend.

Authorities report two of the crashes were fatal, one of those happening in the Twin Cities metro.

Between Friday and late Sunday, the Minnesota State Patrol were called to 630 car crashes, 69 that involved injuries. There were 1,182 spinouts reported and 20 semitrucks jackknifed.

The fatal crash in the Twin Cities happened on Interstate 94 in north Minneapolis around 5:45 Sunday night. Officials say a car traveling southbound lost control near Lowry Avenue and was broadsided by a Metro Transit bus.

30-year-old Rashid Faqid of Minneapolis was a passenger in the car and was killed. The driver and a rear seat passenger were both taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.

The driver of the bus, Johnette McPherson was not injured. 

The other fatal crash was reported on Friday night.  The state patrol says a car struck and killed a pedestrian in Medina, near the intersection of Highway 55 and Pinto Drive. The victim is identified as 54-year-old Paul Piekarski.