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Several Cars In Ditches After Mid-Winter Storm

January 17, 2014, 6:03 PM by Brady Mallory

Several Cars In Ditches After Mid-Winter Storm

On Friday, the lanes on I-90 were mostly clear, but the ditches had several traces of Thursday's mid-winter storm.

"Yesterday, it was pretty white.  I mean, we couldn't even see the Highway, Highway 38 here," Nicole Lynde, who works at Friendly's Fuel Stop outside of Humboldt, said.

Drivers could breathe a sigh of relief on Friday, as all of I-90 was open. At least 20 vehicles were involved in a crash on Interstate 90 near Montrose on Thursday. The damage was so extensive; it shut down the westbound lanes from Sioux Falls all the way to Salem for several hours on Thursday afternoon. Lynde said several drivers waited out the storm at the gas station, and many of them were pretty shaken up.

"We had a lady who came in here and she was all teary-eyed and she was wondering how long this was going to go on," Lynde said.

Multiple cars still remain in the ditch from Sioux Falls past Humboldt.  Sanding crews made their way on the interstate, trying to make it safe for drivers.

"The pictures I saw were pretty incredible of the pile up I saw on the interstate," A.J. Franken said.

Franken intended to drive back to Sioux Falls from Pierre Thursday night, but did not want to take any chances.  He is glad he waited for nicer weather before getting behind the wheel, because he knows what happens when you try to beat Mother Nature.

"I've went in the ditch a couple of times and as time goes on, that becomes less and less appealing," Franken said.

Lynde is also relieved you can see traces of better weather today.  She is hoping her 20 minute drive home on Friday, only takes 20 minutes.

"I waited, waited it out a couple of hours and then, finally I just decided, well, better get going and it was pretty bad the first 20 minutes, or so," Lynde said.

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