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Snow, then sub-zero temperatures, cause slippery roads

Hudson Police Sgt. Glen Hartman, left, and a fellow officer check on the driver of a Mercedes-Benz car that crashed through a guardrail on Hwy. 35 beneath the Tower Road overpass at about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Randy Hanson)1 / 3
A newer Mercedes-Benz sustained significant front-end and passenger-side damage when it crashed through a guardrail on Hwy. 35 beneath the Tower Road overpass on the outskirts of Hudson. The accident happened at about 9:30 a.m. New Year's Eve. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Randy Hanson)2 / 3
Hwy. 35 between Hudson and River Falls was slippery Tuesday morning, Dec. 31. The snow that fell Monday and was melted by road salt refroze overnight. The St. Croix County Highway Department was out spreading sand and salt. This crash happened beneath the Tower Road overpass south of Interstate 94. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Randy Hanson)3 / 3

The thaw-freeze cycle made for slippery roads in the Hudson area on the last day of 2013.

The wet roads created by Monday’s snowfall froze when the temperature dropped well below zero overnight – and stayed below zero.

At about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, a silver Mercedes-Benz crashed through a guardrail on Hwy. 35 south of Interstate 94 and came to rest in the median beneath the Tower Road overpass.

It was one of several accidents in the Hudson area on New Year’s Eve.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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