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Light Snow Leads To Dozens Of SF Crashes

December 30, 2013, 5:41 PM by Ben Dunsmoor

Light Snow Leads To Dozens Of SF Crashes
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Slow down. That's the message for drivers over the next few days with snow in the forecast into the New Year.

Several drivers did not heed that warning in Sioux Falls Monday however as authorities responded to crashes just as quickly as they cleared the scene of others.
    
Just over a half inch of snow fell, but it was enough to causes dozens of crashes.

"I thought there's no way this lady is stopping," witness Jesse Kiggins said.

The snow was to blame for a four-car crash at Interstate 229 and Cliff Avenue Monday afternoon. Kiggins saw it all and was the fourth vehicle to get hit.

"The lady was coming down the ramp and she was going pretty good.  The light turned red and she just started sliding and 'ka-boom' into a truck, who hit a truck, and into me," Kiggins said.

More than 40 crashes were reported in the Sioux Falls area through 2:30 p.m. Monday.  Many of those reports were minor but about 15 of those crashes happened over the noon hour when the snow was the heaviest.

"Seems like people are over driving the road conditions and not giving themselves room in between the vehicles in front of them and the vehicles around them," South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Steve Schade said.

And with more light snow predicted over the next several days, authorities are telling drivers to stay safe on the roads.

"Just ask that people slow down, give plenty of room and don't use your cruise control," Schade said.

It's the same advice drivers are giving to those they are sharing the road with during these snowy winter days.

"People need to slow down and drive to arrive that's for sure. It's horrible out here," Kiggins said.

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