Martin Luther King Jr. Day rain, snow and slick roads greeted motorists crossing the WTIP listening zone to start the new week. On Monday, January 16, local law enforcement officials reported two incidents on Cook County Highway 61.
Police responded to a single-vehicle rollover near mile marker 112 on Route 61 about 11 a.m. Monday, about 4 miles east of Grand Marey, near Devils, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. track river. A 2014 Subaru Forester was the vehicle involved in the accident. The driver was identified as Jennifer Quade, 40, of Bloomington, Minnesota. There were no other passengers in the car. No one was hurt. Gordon Shank, public information officer for the Minnesota State Patrol, said the cause of the crash was under investigation.
About 45 minutes later, at around 11.45am yesterday morning, a second crash was reported. Police respond to a single-vehicle rollover accident on Highway 61 near Jaggie Magny State Park. A 2003 Toyota Corolla was the vehicle involved in the accident. The driver was identified as Andrew Johnston, 56, of Peterborough, Ontario. There were no other passengers in the car. No one was hurt. According to Shank, the cause of the crash is under investigation.
Roads remained slick in the WTIP listening area Tuesday morning (January 17), including Highway 61. Some areas of Cook County received more than 4 inches of heavy, wet snow Monday night. In a statement sent to WTIP on Jan. 16, Cook County Sheriff Pat Eliasson urged motorists to drive carefully as rain and snow were still in the forecast.
“Be aware of weather conditions, and how quickly driving conditions can deteriorate,” Eliasen said. “Proceed with caution and keep the speed slow enough that you can safely control the vehicle.”