What to do if your car goes into the ditchMoorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Crash after crash after crash, that's how the Minnesota State Patrol is explaining this year's December driving.
Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Crash after crash after crash, that's how the Minnesota State Patrol is explaining this year's December driving.
Just in the last seven days, more than 2,300 cars have ended up in the ditch.
111 of those vehicles, spun out here in the valley.
State wide, six people died.
Many of those cars probably look a lot like these do.
Beat up, smashed and nothing left of them.
Fortunately for one woman I spoke with today, she and her car are just fine.
On such a beautiful morning like this, it's hard to believe just how ugly the roads can be.
Lois Lucier/Stuck in Ditch: "It's very difficult to see and there was somebody in the same lane I needed to be in."
Lois found out the hard way.
Lucier: "I put my brakes on and I ended up in the ditch."
Snow up to her door, wheels completely stuck.
But not a scratch.
Lucier: "Took a deep breath, said I'm okay. My cars okay."
In many similar situations, the outcome isn't as pretty.
In one week 165 Minnesota drivers slid off the roadways - just like Lois.
They all needed trooper assistance and tow trucks to help.
Lucier: "It’s very slippery. Yeah you really don't realize it cause it doesn't look like it until you put your breaks on."
And when you find yourself stuck.
State Patrol recommends getting your vehicle out of harm’s way.
Because of this sub-zero weather, troopers also say stay in your car and buckle up.
And of course call for help.
Asst. Chief Jeff Wallin/Moorhead Fire Dept.: "Once you've been in an accident, one of the first things you should do is call 911 even if you're not hurt or injured we need to get resources out to get you out of the area safely."
Assistant Chief of Moorhead fire was the first to respond to Lois.
Wallin: "if you spun out in an area that's unsafe others might be doing the same thing the safest place to be is inside your car."
Also, the first to help dig her out.
Lucier: "I decided it was better the ditch than something else."
But instead of preparing for what happens after the accident Lois says you've heard it before, but be slow, be cautious.
Lucier: "Just be aware it can be slippery even when you don't know."
Troopers also urge everyone to stay off the side of the road.
As we were covering this story Minnesota State Patrol told us we weren't allowed on the side of the highway because it's just too icy.