Maplewood Driver Escapes Serious Injury in Little Canada Overpass Plunge

Updated: 01/08/2014 7:24 AM
Created: 01/07/2014 6:47 PM
By: Brandi Powell

A Maplewood woman is alive and recovering in the hospital after her truck went off an overpass in Little Canada on Tuesday.

The crash occurred on the Interstate 35E flyover ramp to westbound Interstate 694 around 7:24 a.m. The crash is being blamed on black ice, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the Ford Ranger went off the ramp and landed on a frozen pond. The Minnesota State Patrol says the woman who was driving is in fair condition at Regions Hospital. She has been identified as 54-year-old Anne Spiess.

MnDOT is making changes to the flyover where the accident occurred by spreading even more sand.

Tim Boss, a Little Canada firefighter, says he was shocked the driver was OK. "It looked to me from when I was standing there, a 75 to 100 foot drop," he said. "She went over the edge and then rolled a couple of times and landed right down the ice there."
KSTP's Rusty Gatenby says there were just under 200 accidents during rush hour Tuesday morning. Rusty has a warning for drivers: "Quite often what happens when there are less people on the road, which there were today, you're able to go 55, 60 miles per hour, so when you do hit that patch of ice, it's way more dramatic, dangerous."

When temperatures are up to zero or 5 degrees, MnDOT crews will roll out the salt.

Click here to see raw video of the crash.

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