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Owatonna, MN (KROC-AM News) -- A truck driver from Rochester was among those injured in the hundreds of weather-related crashes that were reported in Minnesota on Thursday.

The State Patrol says 61-year-old Omar Yusuf Ali was driving a semi-truck south on I-35 in Steele County when the rig slid into the medium. The crash was reported just before 11 PM near the Owatonna Airport. Ali was transported to the Owatonna Hospital with what were described as non-life-threatening injuries.


The State Patrol is reporting that troopers responded to about 260 crashes statewide between 7:30 AM Thursday and 7:30 AM Friday. 16 of those crashes resulted in injuries. There were also over 430 reports of vehicle spinouts or vehicles off the road and 27 jackknifed semi-trucks.

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