KSTP Traffic Round-Up: SB Hwy 169 in Hopkins Reopens after 22-Vehicle Pile-Up

January 12, 2018 10:25 PM

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Twenty-two vehicles were involved in a pile-up on southbound Highway 169 in Hopkins Friday morning, according to KSTP Traffic Reporter Josie Smith.


Smith said authorities closed the southbound side of the highway as a result. The Minnesota State Patrol reported it could take two hours to clear the scene and re-open the highway.

The highway reopened at about 8:30 a.m.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the pile-up began with a crash involving a van and a sedan. The state patrol said after that initial crash, other drivers began changing lanes, losing traction, and hitting other vehicles.

Three of the 22 drivers were injured and one person was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, state patrol reported.

Smith said the incident, which occurred just before 6 a.m., took place on an overpass south of Excelsior Boulevard. Smith said black ice frequently forms on overpasses, especially during very cold weather.

Smith also reported the ramp from westbound Interstate 694 to eastbound Interstate 94/southbound Highway 252 in Brooklyn Center reopened later Friday morning after a rollover forced a closure.

Another crash occurred on westbound Highway 62 past France Avenue, Smith said.

Earlier, Smith reported during the start of the morning commute that a crash occurred on eastbound Interstate 494 near the Minnesota River Bridge and a spinout happened on eastbound Interstate 94 near Hiawatha Avenue.

The Friday morning commute began with bitter cold and remaining slick spots on metro area streets and highways.

Cold weather was expected to last through the day Friday. Temperatures were expected to reach a high of only 5 degrees, with a low dropping to -12.

The National Weather Service issued a wind chill advisory in effect for dozens of Minnesota counties until 10 a.m. Friday.

KSTP Chief Morning Meteorologist Ken Barlow said this blast of arctic air will linger in the state into Wednesday next week. He added there is also a chance for another 1-3 inches of snow to fall Sunday afternoon and night.

As a result of the snowfall Thursday, some communities in the metro, including Crystal and Richfield, issued snow emergencies.

RELATED: Snow Emergency Information Where You Live


Rebecca Omastiak

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