I-694 reopens after multi-vehicle pileup

11:52 PM, Jan 21, 2012   |    comments
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BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. -- The westbound lanes of I-694 near Brooklyn Center were closed for over an hour after a major pileup Saturday morning.

The crashes happened near the 252 exit, between 57th Avenue and East River Road around 8:30 a.m.

Lt. Eric Roeske with the State Patrol says there were up to six separate crashes that occurred involving 12 to 25 vehicles. Two ambulances transported victims to North Memorial Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Roeske could not say exactly what lead up to the crash although it could be due to slick road conditions.

Amanda Herbst, of Apple Valley, totalled her new car in the accident after hitting another car and then getting rear-ended. She says ice was to blame. "I started to hit the brakes and my car just kept going and then I realized how icy it was. The car in front of me swerved off to the left into the shoulder and I followed him. He stopped and I didn't," Herbst says. She walked away with just a burn on her neck from the airbag.

The Interstate was reopened around 10 a.m.

MN-DOT says the accident is a reminder to slow down, especially when approaching bridges. "It's an area where icy conditions can occur during the freezing temperatures, with the exhaust coming down on the roadway and freezing," says MN-DOT spokesperson Bre Grand.

The Minnesota State Patrol says there were 682 crashes between 5 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday.

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