MULTI VEHICLE CRASH STARTED BY SEMI TRUCKS SHUTS DOWN HIGHWAY 94
A pileup involving 29 vehicles — half of which were semi trucks — shut Interstate 94 down for hours in both directions near Monticello after a band of snow moved into the area Thursday morning.
The Minnesota State Patrol says it happened just after 9 a.m. near Flenning Avenue Northeast, soon after the first-ever Snow Squall Warning had been issued by the National Weather Service. Traffic cameras in the area showed a number of semis that caught on fire, sending up large plumes of smoke.
According to WCCO, one witness said she saw a semi start to fish tail, and when it hit another semi, both of them jackknifed. She stopped her car before running into the crashed semis, but the vehicles behind them kept coming. “I looked in my rearview mirror and a vehicle was coming [full speed] at us and rear ended us,” she said.
Another witness said he pulled over to capture the worst of the destruction. “It was jaw dropping to say the least,” he said. “To see an … accident like this and to know that everybody is OK was just, it’s amazing.”
The state patrol says nine people were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Eastbound traffic was ultimately closed for about four hours, while westbound traffic was closed at Highway 25 for nine and a half hours.
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