Updated: November 12, 2020 06:29 PM
Created: November 12, 2020 09:34 AM
All traffic lanes of Interstate 94 in Monticello and Albertville have reopened after a major crash in Monticello Thursday morning. The crash occurred at 9:15 a.m. and kept lanes shut down for several hours.
According to an update from the Minnesota State Patrol, firefighters worked to extinguish the fires created by the crash on the interstate near Highway 25.
Twenty-nine vehicles were involved in the crash, half of them were semis. Poor visibility and challenging road conditions due to a snow squall made travel difficult in the area at the time of the crash.
Nine people were transported to the hospital with what appear to be minor injuries.
Several drivers left the scene before first responders arrived. The Minnesota State Patrol is asking for those drivers or anyone else with information regarding this incident to contact them at 320-223-6666.
State patrol reports one of the semi-trucks was hauling tractor tires. Cleanup continues, the state patrol reported late Thursday afternoon, with oil and debris remaining on the road.
Follow updates on the road closures here.
Click the video box above to watch video of the crash submitted by JoseLuis Acuna Del Valle.
An earlier version of this report appears below.
A major crash on I-94 in Monticello has closed westbound traffic.
According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, a semi was on fire on I-94 near Highway 25 in Monticello after the crash.
MnDOT reports that the crash may involve up to 16 vehicles.
The driver of the semi is reported to be OK.
Westbound traffic on I-94 is closed at exit 201 in Albertville.
Stay with 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS and KSTP.com for updates on this developing news.
UPDATE: I-94 WB now closed in Albertville at Cty 19! You can also exit at Hwy 101 in Rogers and travel north to Hwy 10! https://t.co/Xqs0bIOq6L— KSTP Traffic (@kstptraffic) November 12, 2020
Another view! Lanes blocked on I-94 WB east of Hwy 25. A LOT of cars involved in this crash involving a semi that is on fire. Expect major traffic delays as the snow is complicating things here too. https://t.co/wiagwePlXs pic.twitter.com/oXcapOPbtl— KSTP Traffic (@kstptraffic) November 12, 2020
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