SHAKOPEE - One person is dead after a chain reaction crash that brought rush hour traffic to a screeching halt on Highway 169 in Shakopee Tuesday.
The State Patrol website says a semi-truck had stopped on the northbound lanes of the busy highway shortly before 8 a.m. near the junction with County Road 17 when the driver of a Ford Explorer rear-ended a Chrysler minivan that had stopped for the truck. The minivan was pushed into the back of the semi, severely injuring 52-year-old female passenger Shane Jones of Jordan. Jones was rushed to St, Francis Hospital but did not survive.
The driver of the minivan, 57-year-old Milton Alberto Jones, is hospitalized at Hennepin County Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. Neither the 30-year-old female driver of the Explorer or the 52-year-old semi driver, both of New Prague, was injured.
At this time it is uncertain if any charges will be filed in the fatal crash.
Both lanes of northbound 169 were shut down while the fatal crash was investigated and cleaned up. Rush hour traffic crawled past the scene on the shoulder, creating significant backups. The road was reopened around 10 a.m.