2 road deaths tied to wide spring storms system

DE SOTO, Mo. (AP) — Authorities are blaming two road deaths on a massive spring storm system that is dumping snow and rain from the Rocky Mountains to the Rust Belt.

Minnesota State Police say 16-year-old Jonathon Pohlen of Houlton, Wis., was killed Thursday afternoon when he lost control on snowy Interstate 94 in eastern Minnesota, crossed over the median and collided with a truck’s trailer. The National Weather Service in Chanhassen says the storm could dump up to a foot of snow in northeastern Minnesota by Friday.

Meanwhile, flash floods are being blamed for the death of an 80-year-old motorist south of St. Louis.

Police in De Soto say the woman’s car was swept Thursday off Highway E into Joachim (SHAW’-shin) Creek.

The woman’s name had not been released Thursday night.

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