Serious crash shuts down I-94 in north metro

5:10 PM, Jun 27, 2013   |    comments
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ROGERS, Minn. - A heavily used stretch of Interstate 94 is finally open again after a serious crash completely shut down the interstate for hours Thursday afternoon in Rogers.

The State Patrol website says says three vehicles were involved in the crash near Brockton Lane South, and at  least five are injured.

According to investigators a 1997 Dodge van was in the left lane of westbound I-94 when it blew a tire. The driver hit the shoulder and then over-corrected, sending the van crashing into a commercial truck that was in the center lane. A man on a motorcycle in the right lane of the freeway was struck by debris from the accident and crashed himself.

All westbound lanes were shut down for three hours as first responders attended to victims and cleaned up the accident scene.  Additional lanes on the eastbound side were closed for emergency response vehicles, but they were reopened to traffic shortly before 11:30 a.m.

MnDOT cameras captured two medical helicopters transporting the injured from the scene. The patrol confirms that two victims were airlifted to local hospitals.

Traffic was diverted all the way back at Interstate 494. Backups stretched on for miles in both directions.

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