Lowry tunnel reopens after tanker crash

2:29 PM, Feb 27, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - A crash involving a tanker truck kept eastbound Interstate 94 at the Lowry Tunnel closed for several hours on Tuesday afternoon.

The tanker was carrying a load of milk when it rolled inside the tunnel, and pictures from MnDOT traffic cameras showed a film of white liquid spread over the eastbound lanes outside the Lowry Tunnel.

MnDOT spokesman Kent Barnard tells KARE 11 the milk is the reason for the extended closure, as it is classified as a hazardous substance.

Crews opened the highway at about 3:30 p.m.

State Troopers and first responders from the Minneapolis Fire Department were on the scene shortly after 11 a.m. diverting westbound traffic onto the Hennepin/Lyndale exit as emergency personnel clean up. A single lane of traffic was allowed to squeeze through on one lane of eastbound I-94 before it was shut down completely. Backups were significant throughout the afternoon.

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