All lanes of I-94 open in St. Michael after semi spills frozen french fries

February 07, 2019 05:33 PM

The Minnesota Department of Transportation confirms all lanes of Interstate 94 in St. Michael are now open following a crash involving a semi hauling frozen french fries Thursday morning.

The semi spilled its load onto the freeway. Traffic was diverted at Highway 241.

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The state patrol said the semi had to be removed from the right ditch. No injuries were reported.

It came on a day when crashes and spinouts were being reported across the state. From 5 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the state patrol reported 413 crashes on the state's roads, including 32 with injuries (though none considered serious). There were also 494 reports of vehicles spinning out or going off the road and 18 reports of jackknifed semis.

The state patrol said it was holding over some day shift cars to handle the amount of crashes and spinouts on the road. Motorists were advised to drive carefully.

The Waconia school district reported a bus carrying students to Waconia Middle School slid off a gravel road near the corner of County Road 32 and Union Avenue in New Germany Thursday morning. No other vehicles were involved in the incident and no injuries were reported at the time, though a district spokesperson said one student reported a minor injury (bruise) later in the day.

Another bus was dispatched and the students were transferred and arrived safely at school, the spokesperson said.

RELATED: Minneapolis, St. Paul issue snow emergencies

The state patrol reported no one was injured when a semi rear-ended a plow Thursday morning on Highway 52 north of Rochester.

MnDOT was advising motorists to avoid any unnecessary travel Thursday in south central Minnesota due to limited visibility and poor road conditions.

A release said the dangerous driving conditions were expected to continue into the night.

That included Blue Earth, Brown, Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, Martin, Nicollet and Watonwan Counties.


 

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