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MAPLE GROVE, Minn. - Motorists in the west metro faced multiple challenges Tuesday. Not only was it the first day of school,. a semi-truck mishap snarled traffic on one of the metro's busiest freeways. .

The truck, hauling a load of turkeys, overturned on the northbound lanes of I-494 near the I-94 split around 3 a.m. The State Patrol responded to reroute traffic and investigate why the truck rolled.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) tweeted that the ramp from Northbound 494 to Eastbound 94-694 is expected to be closed until around 10 a.m. so the truck can be removed and the scene cleaned up. Traffic could be seen backed up for miles along northbound 494.

No word yet on how many turkeys were lost in the crash. MnDOT cameras showed surviving birds being loaded into another truck to reach their intended destination.

KARE 11 is following developments and will have the latest as information becomes available.

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