The Latest: Crews find body of trucker who went off bridge

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on the first significant snowstorm of the season for Minnesota (all times local):

11:30 a.m.

Searchers have found the body of a truck driver who went off a bridge on Interstate 35 into the St. Louis River near Scanlon, just west of Duluth, Minnesota.

KBJR-TV reports it happened shortly after 4:30 a.m. Friday. Authorities say the northbound driver lost control of the truck on the snowy freeway right before the bridge, and went over the bridge and into the river.

The name of the trucker was not immediately released.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation and State Patrol reported multiple spinouts, vehicles in ditches and crashes in the area, where the National Weather Service says as much as 8 inches (20 centimeters) of snow had accumulated by 10 a.m.


10:35 a.m.

Snow continues to fall in parts of Minnesota as a winter-like storm packing strong winds rolls through the region.

A-half foot of snow is expected in northern Minnesota by later Friday, with additional accumulations in some local spots. The Minnesota Department of Transportation says northern roads are snow-covered and slippery, including Highway 53 between Duluth and the Iron Range and Highway 2 between Duluth and Grand Rapids.

In Duluth, WDIO-TV reports high waves from Lake Superior have flooded areas of Canal Park, while heavy snow brought travel on Highway 53 to a crawl.

In northwestern Wisconsin, Highways 2 and 13 along Chequamegon Bay west of Ashland were closed Friday morning because of lakeshore flooding.

A winter storm warning was posted for Ashland and Hurley in Wisconsin where lake effect snow may reach 11 inches (28 centimeters).


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