The pileups began shortly after 8:45 a.m., and many were captured on MnDOT traffic cams.

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FOREST LAKE, Minn. - The southbound lanes of Interstate 35 and Highway 8 near Forest Lake look like the aftermath of a demolition derby, with an entire fleet of cars either smashed or in the ditch.

The southbound lanes of Interstate 35 and Highway 8 near Forest Lake look like the aftermath of a demolition derby, with an entire fleet of cars either smashed or in the ditch.

The pileups began shortly after 8:45 a.m., and many were captured on MnDOT traffic cams. It appears motorists driving too fast for conditions were unable to stop when things happened in front of them and either crashed into vehicles or drove into ditches. State Troopers and and army of tow trucks are on the scene trying to clean thing up, but it could be hours before traffic flow is restored.

Currently one lane of traffic is crawling by the multi-accident scene.

State Troopers urge everyone to stay home if you can, but if you are on the roads slow down and use patience.

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