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Two traffic deaths, more than 750 accidents blamed on this week's winter storm

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Perham Minnesota 222 2nd Avenue SE 56573

ST. PAUL -- The state's first major snowfall this season proved deadly on the roads according to the State Patrol.

Preliminary State Patrol traffic crash reports for 6 a.m. Tuesday through 1 p.m. Wednesday showed:

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• At least two fatal crashes, one of which resulted in the death of a 22-year-old woman who swerved to avoid a stalled vehicle and ran off of the road, landing upside down in a creek.

• The other fatal crash involved two vehicles that collided head on in Prior Lake on Tuesday evening.

• 669 property damage crashes

• 89 minor injury crashes

• 375 vehicles off of the road.

• 348 motorist assists by state troopers.

"The crash numbers reinforce the importance of using common sense and always avoiding unnecessary travel during severe winter weather," said Captain Mike Langer of the State Patrol.

Langer said that motorists who must travel should drive at safe speeds, buckle up and allow for increased stopping distances. He said that due to the high crash volume, motorists need to be alert for emergency responders on road shoulders and move over to give responders room to work safely.

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