Midwest storm blamed for at least 2 deadly crashes

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Posted on December 10, 2012 at 10:30 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — At least two people have been killed in highway crashes linked to a big Midwest storm that has dumped up to 16 inches snow in the Upper Midwest.

Some parts of Minneapolis-St. Paul saw 14 inches. Last year the heaviest snow in the area was 4.2 inches.

Slippery roads from Minnesota to Oklahoma are blamed for hundreds of accidents.

The Minnesota State Patrol says one person was killed Sunday in a crash involving a semi. Authorities in southern Oklahoma say a Dallas man was killed Monday when he lost control of his SUV on an icy bridge on Interstate 35.

Authorities in Kansas say freezing overnight temperatures may have contributed to the death of a 30-year-old woman whose body was found in a field.

And a Twin Cities TV station reports a middle school teacher died while shoveling snow at his home Sunday.

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156-a-11-(Lieutenant Eric Roeske (RAHS'-kee), spokesman, Minnesota State Patrol, in AP interview)-"they've been plowed"-Lieutenant Eric Roeske of the Minnesota State Patrol says the heavy snow has stopped but roads are still treacherous. (10 Dec 2012)

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157-a-15-(Lieutenant Eric Roeske (RAHS'-kee), spokesman, Minnesota State Patrol, in AP interview)-"on the highways"-Lieutenant Eric Roeske of the Minnesota State Patrol says there have been hundreds of accidents since the storm started Saturday night. (10 Dec 2012)

<<CUT *157 (12/10/12)>> 00:15 "on the highways"

136-a-04-(Unidentified driver, in interview)-"be interesting driving"-This unidentifed driver says she's not looking forward to digging her car out, let alone driving. COURTESY: KSTP TV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (10 Dec 2012)

<<CUT *136 (12/10/12)>> 00:04 "be interesting driving"

APPHOTO MNMIT106: In this Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012 photo, wreckage lies on the road from a fatal accident on the east side of U.S. 61, south of the County 21 intersection, and north of the Wacouta Road exit in Goodhue County, Minn. More than a foot of snow fell in the Twin Cities Sunday. (AP Photo/Star Tribune, Luke Meyer) (9 Dec 2012)

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APPHOTO WIEAU101: Seventy-year-old Jim Harnisch shovels snow Monday, Dec. 10, 2012 from near the mailbox of his home in Eau Claire, Wis. A storm Sunday dumped just short of 15 inches of snow on the city. (AP Photo/Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Steve Kinderman). (10 Dec 2012)

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APPHOTO MNMIT104: In this Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012 photo, a commuter stands at a snow-covered bus stop, in St. Paul, Minn. More than a foot of snow fell in the Twin Cities Sunday. (AP Photo/Star Tribune, Marlin Levison) (9 Dec 2012)

<<APPHOTO MNMIT104 (12/09/12)>>

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