1 dead in 4-vehicle crash near Minneapolis airport

9:54 AM, Mar 25, 2011   |    comments
  • Fatal crash near Hwy 5 and I-494 snarls airport traffic
  • Fatal crash near Hwy 5 and I-494 snarls airport traffic
  • Fatal crash near Hwy 5 and I-494 snarls airport traffic
  • Fatal crash near Hwy 5 and I-494 snarls airport traffic
    
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MINNEAPOLIS -- A four-vehicle crash near Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Thursday afternoon has left one person dead and eight others injured.

The four-vehicle crash occured on Highway 5 near the Post Road exit just before noon. and triggered a significant traffic backup Thursday afternoon.

Authorities say a sport utility vehicle veered into oncoming traffic late Thursday morning, struck another SUV head-on, and then collided with two more vehicles.

The Minnesota State Patrol says a Chevrolet Suburban was heading south on Highway 5 when it crossed the median and collided with a northbound Lincoln Navigator. The Suburban then hit a minivan and a car.

A passenger in the Suburban was killed. His name has not been released, but the State Patrol says he is a 31-year-old man from Maplewood.

All four drivers were injured as well as four passengers. Their injuries are considered minor or non-life-threatening.

Road conditions were dry.

Traffic was down to one lane for two hours as emergency response vehicles attended to victims and rerouted traffic, backing up cars for miles down eastbound 494. The scene was mostly cleared by 2 p.m.

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