Check out this crazy video of the demolition derby on I-35 near Forest Lake

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Just a day ago many of us winter-savvy Minnesotans were mocking Atlanta for becoming something akin to a Walking Dead set thanks to icy roads and a couple inches of snow.

Those jokes aren't quite as funny today, are they?

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It was especially no laughing matter for drivers headed down an ice-coated I-35 this morning. Check out this crazy footage caught by a traffic cam near Forest Lake:



MnDOT Communications Director Kevin Gutknecht said plows have been working on that stretch of roadway since midnight, but in conditions like this, safety ultimately boils down to careful driving.

"If you watch the video, you can see that drivers are driving too fast," Gutknecht told us. "You have to know the road conditions and drive according to them."

Gutknecht said today is one of those especially challenging days where snow is falling faster than plows' ability to clear it from roads.

"Really the key element to this whole safety in snow and ice thing is how people drive," Gutknecht continued. "A big part of the issue for the folks in Atlanta is they aren't used to that type of road condition and they just don't know how to handle it."

In other words, some of the drivers seen sliding down I-35 simply should've known better, assuming they're veterans of Minnesota winters.

"You've had differing road conditions almost every day this week," Gutknecht said. "Today it's snow, yesterday morning it was extremely cold and you had to worry about black ice, and in the afternoon it was wet and sloppy and you had to have enough blue juice in your wiper tank to make sure you could get spray off the windshield."

State Patrol spokesman Eric Roeske said he doesn't yet know about injuries associated with the massive Forest Lake wreck.

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John Alverson
John Alverson

That stretch of highway these clowns act stupid and have MN tags. wtf

Shelly ForGames
Shelly ForGames

It looks fast on camera but we were driving in it and were only going 30 mph and then all of a sudden boom cars started flying everywhere going to a dead stop and ended sliding in stead we thankfully didnt get hurt or in the ditch nor did we hit any one

Cyndie Berg-Petkau
Cyndie Berg-Petkau

We even saw this on the news tonight way up in the far north place called Canada eh? Lol

Oscar Carbajal
Oscar Carbajal

I expect this from people down south but not from Minnesotans.

Autumn L'heureux
Autumn L'heureux

I'm surprised at how fast I seem some go, and wonder if they are local or new to the area..

Traci Lyngstad
Traci Lyngstad

Slow down. Hate people who give no regard to others lives. Not to mention emergency responders. Shoulda give all those who were driving too fast hefty fines.

Willy Hutchins
Willy Hutchins

More like the tow truck driver that would have to drop us off...

Angie Traxler
Angie Traxler

Poor Maddie would have been in for the ride of her life!

Eddie Lyndberg
Eddie Lyndberg

All a bunch of idiots. Driving at 60 mph like it was a summer day. Morons!!!!!! And they're all here in MN.....you just want to take one of these people, shake them, and ask them you were here last winter weren't you????

Robert Jensen
Robert Jensen

Your god has no say in this, keep him out of it, he didn't start this fight you did rofl

Gary Kinney
Gary Kinney

These idiots are not from Minnesota. Wherever you go people are driving way to fast for the conditions. Ignorance is bliss. ....

deasha
deasha

obviously they are driving too fast... but am I the only one that think they did good not crashing into each other?


Terri DeGroot Jarosch
Terri DeGroot Jarosch

Just goes to show if you don't respect the road conditions they will disrespect you .

Dave Archer II
Dave Archer II

Happens in the Cities all the time. Nobody down there has a clue how to drive, regardless of weather.

Zach Deutsch
Zach Deutsch

This is all from over confidence We've had so many small snowfalls this winter that people have become comfortable

Benjamin Holland
Benjamin Holland

I imagined Yakety Sax playing in the background and it was quite enjoyable.

diemnguyen3991
diemnguyen3991

All fuker out there. This is winter slow down, I wish have law if which idiot drive fast you could get out the car and hit in the head with baseball bat.  You want drive fast wait summer call me I will race with you if you could drive 100mph call me this is my cell 612-281-1351.This is winter slow down and don't tail gate people.

Sharon Karnos
Sharon Karnos

After seeing this, I'm very thankful that I slow down and I also work early in the morning. Traffic levels are usually pretty light. Many driving way to fast

Eric Brodeur
Eric Brodeur

William: Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries.

DoodlePeter
DoodlePeter

@maggiekb1 I see it as a %age game—far higher % in northern regions have some experience with the conditions. There’s always bad drivers.

William Huffman
William Huffman

Lord forbid you ever end up in the ditch. And yes i am defending them. i don't even know why you responded i don't give a shit what you have to say.And people probably don't care what i have to say! I had a rant and then its over. soooooooooo biiiiiiiiieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Robert Jensen
Robert Jensen

You're defending people that failed to maintain control of there vehicles. You're all tied up in the semantics and drama of it all. Clear cut and dry, these people could not drive properly in bad weather. Frankly, yes, these people were idiots. Either you don't drive, or you drive carefully in this type of weather. Many people in such situations think "my car is fine, it's got so and so feature". That means nothing. If they had no time to react, then what were they reacting to? Simple, the idiot driver at the front of the line or the person in front of them AND they were following too closely. Plain and simply, they were driving stupidly and lost control. They are idiots.

David Keller
David Keller

William Huffman who pissed in ur corn flakes? Fuck but personally I hope everyone is ok and happy because less idiots on the road... and no time to react thats their own damn fault... driving to fast im not trying to be high qnd mighty but ive never crashed or spun out or hit a ditch. Spun out screwing around but never just trying to drive

Robert Jensen
Robert Jensen

ABS is worse! lol. I'm not talking like full on workout fist pumping the dang things to the point of ABS lockage xD gently just off and back on a few times

William Huffman
William Huffman

Hey, its called an accident! quit being all high and mighty like you have never screwed up!!! Lets just hope everyone is OK. For eff sake!!!!!!!!! Quit saying all the stupid stuff people say!!! Dammit these stupid comments piss me off! "we Minnesotans were better then this" really?? "pump your brakes" no shit asshole but if you look they didn't have a lot of time to react! "cant make fun of Atlanta anymore" why would you in the first place!!! PEOPLE DIED ASSHOLE! "these people are idiots" really! i mean really!??! That semi-driver does that for a living! hes an idiot? no your an idiot for such a stupid broad statement! Rant over, i hope everyone is OK.

David Keller
David Keller

Dont pump lol pumping is bad we have hydrologic brakes not manual

David Keller
David Keller

Lol wow roads werent that bad I was on the road.... called dont slam on ur brakes and turn gently apply pressure until tires lock than let off a little or hit the brakes hard but not enough to lock up ur tires... driving 101 Robert Jensen

Drake Ann Disorderly
Drake Ann Disorderly

When i see this careless driving in not great weather in the cities, I also see a lot if Wisconsin license plates attached to those cars.

Bryon Hougas
Bryon Hougas

This is why I hate going to the metro in winter. I'd bet a paycheck most of those cars have inadequate tread on the tires too.

Rob Peterson
Rob Peterson

It's slippery, better slam those brakes!! You'd think this is video of Atlanta.

Carrie Katzenmeyer
Carrie Katzenmeyer

Seriously why are you in a hurry to get to work, snowstorms are like the best excuse ever.

midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

I just drive the speed my SUV can handle for the conditions and ignore the angry people behind me. If they want to go faster they can take the chance of passing me in the even worse lane and if they go in the ditch it serves them right.

Patricia Youker
Patricia Youker

This is what happens when people "think " they have control in this weather. Slow down! There is a winter storm warning for a reason. Idiots!

billybillybilly
billybillybilly

SUV's and pickups aren't immune from the laws of physics. The drivers just think they are.

barbertj23
barbertj23

Clients don't care about the weather here. If you're scheduled for a delivery, you need to make it or possibly rework a contract.

midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

Never heard that yet but people in the out state drive even faster in snow. Every time I'm on a two lane highway I get some jackass on my tail in a jacked up pick up trying to go 70 in a 55 mph zone. People are stupid everywhere.

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