February 08, 2018 08:52 AM
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There were several crashes Thursday in the greater metro area, according to KSTP Traffic Reporter Josie Smith.
A crash on eastbound Interstate 94 prior to Interstate 35W blocked the left lane. A crash also occurred prior to the Lowry Hill Tunnel, Smith said.
That crash cleared about an hour and a half later, Smith said.
Another crash occurred in traffic backed up from the earlier incident. Smith said the second crash occurred on westbound I-94 at Highway 280, in the midst of "gawker slowdowns" from the earlier crash on the eastbound side of the interstate.
Crash in the backup! 94 WB at Hwy 280, accident on the left shoulder. Traffic is already backed up into the midway. Blame it on gawker slowdowns from an earlier crash on 94 EB. https://t.co/2bXnWJs5hf pic.twitter.com/wmYaJEd1nq— KSTP Traffic (@kstptraffic) February 8, 2018
Meanwhile, a crash that blocked all lanes but the righthand shoulder on westbound Interstate 494 at France Avenue caused significant delays.
Smith said authorities reported at least seven vehicles, including a semi, were involved in the crash, which happened around 8:12 a.m.
Earlier, two crashes occurred on westbound Interstate 694 past University Avenue; a box truck blocked the center lane and a crash occurred just ahead of the truck in the left shoulder.
Smith said drivers should allow for at least 45 minutes of extra time along westbound I-694 from I-35W to Highway 252 as a result of the crashes.
A couple of spinouts also occurred during the morning commute; one happened on Highway 52 at Southview Boulevard in South St. Paul and another occurred on eastbound Highway 10 near University Avenue.
A tow truck also arrived at the scene of a spinout on the northbound I-35W ramp to westbound Highway 13 in Burnsville.
Updated: February 08, 2018 08:52 AM
Created: February 08, 2018 07:09 AM
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