Early storm serves as reminder for drivers

Patrick Fisher, Staff Writer

On Wednesday, Nov. 16, the weather provided a reminder to area drivers that the season of icy roads and poor visibility has begun. Emergency service personnel from New Prague and Scott and Le Sueur counties responded to a number of crashes and other mishaps around the area.

The New Prague Fire Department and New Prague Ambulance Service were called to the scene of several crashes due to slick roads, caused by the snow and ice that came down in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Nov. 16. The Ambulance Service responded to at least four crashes and the fire department assisted at one.

The New Prague Police Department received five calls for a variety of winter-related incidents as a result of the storm.

Among the crashes that occurred around the area on Wednesday was one near the intersection of Scott County Road 2 and Redwing Avenue at 6:39 a.m. New Prague Ambulance and the New Prague Fire Department assisted. Another crash involved a Scott County snowplow and a four-door Volkswagen Jetta along Scott County Road 27, north of 240th Street. Assisting at the scene were the New Prague Ambulance, New Market Fire Department and the Scott County Sheriff’s Office. Both these crashes are being investigated by the State Patrol, which had not released any information as of press time.

In addition, police responded to a number of minor crashes that did not involve any injuries and, in most cases, minimal damage to the vehicles.

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