State Patrol Reports 40-Year-Old Man Killed in I-94 Crash near Maple Grove

August 16, 2018 10:17 AM

1:12 p.m. - The Minnesota State Patrol has released more information on the deadly crash involving a truck and five other vehicles Wednesday morning on Interstate 94 near Maple Grove.

Authorities say the truck driver crossed over a barrier and caused a crash involving the other vehicles, killing a 40-year-old Monticello man.


His identity is not yet released but will be available at 3 p.m., according to the traffic report. 

One passenger in a vehicle, 38-year-old Robyn Susann Grebinoski of Otsego, suffered life-threatening injuries. 

The other drivers' conditions are as follows:

  • John Robert Houdyshell, 53, of St. Louis Park suffered injuries not considered life-threatening
  • Brandon WIlliam Larkin, 33, of St. Cloud was not injured
  • Darrin Dennis Grebinoksi, 40, of Otsego suffered injuries not considered life-threatening
  • Jared Ray Loidolt, 31, of Otsego was not injured
  • David James Specht, 30, of Durango, Iowa, was not injured. His passengers, 29-year-old Jacob Albert Hernandez and Jason Allen Wheat were not injured

Eastbound Interstate 94 near Maple Grove is expected to be closed until mid-morning, at least, after a fatal crash involving a semi truck.

The Minnesota State Patrol said the semi truck, heading westbound on I-94, crossed over the median near Brockton Lane into the eastbound lanes, causing a six-vehicle crash.

One person was pronounced dead at the scene and one person was airlifted by AirCare, state patrol reported.

Authorities said crews worked to close the eastbound side of the interstate and divert traffic to help clear the scene. State patrol said the scene could take at least two hours to clear.

Construction in the northwest metro complicated the commute even further as Highway 55 between Buffalo and Rockford has been closed for weeks and isn't expected to reopen until late August.

Highway 10 is down to one lane in both directions from Clear Lake to Big Lake. Additionally, eastbound lanes are down to one lane near Orono Lake in Elk River.

Once drivers were able to get through all that construction, they were faced with major traffic delays on Highway 10 eastbound from Ramsey into Anoka.


Rebecca Omastiak

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