Snowstorm dies down, Midwest travel woes tick up

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 22, 2013 at 4:45 pm •  Published: February 22, 2013
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The Minnesota State Patrol blamed the snow for over 500 accidents Friday. One driver was killed when she lost control, came to a stop in oncoming traffic and was broadsided by another vehicle in a St. Paul suburb.

A 12-year-old boy died from injuries suffered in a collision on an icy highway in northern Nebraska on Thursday. A western Iowa woman was run over Thursday by her car, which had gotten stuck on her steep, slippery driveway. And a 70-year-old woman from Wichita, Kan., died after her car slid and collided with a train.

In Ohio, which was clipped by the storm, a United plane slid off a slick runway at the Cleveland airport onto a grassy area, but no injuries were reported.

In some locations, the storm didn't live up to the hype. At the Pilot Flying J station near Interstate 29 in southwest Iowa, shift manager Kelly Malone said Friday his company had taken precautions for employees by reserving rooms at the Super 8 Motel.

"We were prepared for the worst, but it didn't happen that bad," he said. Iowa's snow totals topped out at 9.7 inches near Sioux City.

"To me it was just an average storm, but I'm a person who drives through anything," he said.

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Associated Press reporters Corey Williams in Detroit; Kyle Potter in St. Paul, Minn.; Heather Hollingsworth in Kansas City, Mo.; Roxana Hegeman in Wichita, Kan.; Gretchen Ehlke in Milwaukee; Nelson Lampe in Omaha, Neb.; and Tom Sheeran in Cleveland contributed to this story.