Last Weekend's Winter Storm Kept Things Busy For Jackson County Authorities

Thu 12-5-2019

(Jackson, Mn.)-- The first round of severe winter weather this past weekend made for some hazardous driving conditions and a busy weekend for the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

Looking at Sunday afternoon and evening, Deputies responded to five vehicles in the ditch on county and township roads, one in the ditch on Highway 71 and assisted the State Patrol with 30-40 vehicles in the ditch on Minnesota Highway 60 and Interstate 90.  At one point, Deputies helped temporarily close part of I-90 near Alpha to allow tow trucks to pull multiple vehicles out.

In addition, there were several semis jackknifed, including one which had to be towed from the ditch in Martin County, only to jackknife again about 10 miles west in Jackson county and needed to be towed out again.

A MN State Patrol squad car was rear-ended just into Martin County on I-90.  The Trooper was in the vehicle when it was struck, but was not injured.

Deputies and Troopers estimated a safe speed to travel at on Sunday was 35-40 mph due to the icy conditions.  They clocked several vehicles over 70mph while directing traffic for the tow trucks as they pulled vehicles out.  A citation was issued to one driver for driving at 77 mph.