State Patrol: 36 crashes as of late Tuesday night

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis (WEAU) -- The blowing snow kept first responders busy on Tuesday. The Wisconsin State Patrol says they responded to 36 crashes and more than 46 run-offs just in the Eau Claire area as of 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday night.

The Eau Claire Police Department and Eau Claire County Sheriff's Department were also kept busy.

"I've responded to about three or four myself," said Holbrook.

For Eau Claire County Sheriff's Sgt. Travis Holbrook ‘busy’ only begins to describe his day on the road.

"I'm going to head out to check out look for the car on 53," said Holbrook.

Nine inches of snow fell in the Eau Claire area throughout Tuesday, but the real problem was wind. Twenty-four mile-per-hour wind gusts blew snow all over the road, causing low visibility.

Sgt. Holbrook says each winter the big snow falls often cause problems on the road.

"People just drive too fast," said Holbrook.

I-94 westbound between Eau Claire and the Osseo/Foster Exit was closed down after 10 cars crashed. This is video of the backup caused from the pile up. One of the semi’s clearly jack-knifed on the roadway.

The road was reopened Tuesday afternoon.

Holbrook says officers were out in full force patrolling the highways and looking for cars in the ditch. He says if you can the best thing to do is stay off the road.

"If you can't make sure you are prepared have hats and mittens with you and drive slow and cautiously," said Holbrook.

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