HOPKINS, Minn. - A multi-vehicle crash on Highway 169 is impacting morning rush hour in the west metro Monday.

The crash took place on Hwy. 169 northbound near the exit to Excelsior Boulevard. Both lanes of the heavily used road are blocked, forcing traffic to crawl by on the shoulder and an exit ramp lane.

Backups in the area were significant, but traffic began thinning out when the scene was cleared around 9 a.m.