KSTP Traffic Round-Up: 478 Crashes in Nearly 6 Hours Statewide During AM Commute

December 28, 2017 10:57 AM

The Minnesota State Patrol reported there were 478 crashes statewide in just under six hours during the Thursday morning commute.

According to the state patrol, those crashes occurred from 5 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Of those crashes, 35 caused injuries but none were serious or fatal. Meanwhile, 144 vehicles spun out or went off the road during that same time period Thursday morning, according to the state patrol.


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One of those crashes occurred in the center lane on eastbound Interstate 694 near University Avenue in Fridley, KSTP Traffic Reporter Josie Smith said.

Meanwhile, a rollover on westbound Interstate 494 near Concord Street in south St. Paul caused slight delays.

Earlier, a crash on northbound Cedar Avenue near Old Shakopee Road caused backups on the Minnesota River bridge.

Within roughly 30 minutes, two crashes occurred in separate areas of the metro area. One occurred in the right lane on eastbound Interstate 94 just past Interstate 694.

The second occurred on westbound Interstate 94, blocking the right lane in the Lowry Hill Tunnel near downtown Minneapolis.

One of the first crashes of the morning occurred on southbound Interstate 35W, near Diamond Lake Road in south Minneapolis.

The state patrol issued a reminder that drivers must turn their headlights on when it is snowing. The state patrol also advised drivers to increase their following distance to prevent the increased likelihood of crashes.

Metro Transit stated public transit on some routes was delayed as a result of snow and slick spots on the roads. The delays were resolved by about 10:45 a.m., Metro Transit reported.

Additionally, Metro Transit reported Blue Line delays near American Boulevard Station due to a car stuck on the tracks. Metro Transit advised boarding northbound trains on the southbound tracks at 28th Avenue, Bloomington Central and American Boulevard stations. Delays were expected between Mall of America and Terminal 2, according to Metro Transit.

Roughly 15 minutes later, the car was cleared from the tracks.

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Rebecca Omastiak

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