One person is seriously injured after a rollover on a Minneapolis highway.
The State Patrol says Celestino Hernandez-Gutierrez, 25, suffered serious injuries when the car he was traveling in lost control and went up into the embankment on Interstate 94. The vehicle then rolled down into the guard rail near the westbound Cedar Avenue exit.
The three others in the car – Juan L. Diaz-Pliego, 27; Narciso Hernandez, 41; and Angel Estudillo-Delgado, 21, suffered non-life threatening injuries. The State Patrol says road conditions were dry at the time of the incident, which happened shortly after 9 a.m. Saturday morning. No other cars were involved.
According to KSTP, the State Patrol says alcohol could be a factor in the crash – alcohol was detected on the driver, Diaz-Pliego, and two of the passengers. Hernandez-Gutierrez, the most seriously injured occupant, was not wearing a seat belt, the station says. FOX 9 says he's hospitalized at Hennepin County Medical Center. There were also reports of someone being thrown from the car.
The Star Tribune says Hernandez is the only occupant known to have been wearing a seat belt. The paper says Diaz-Pilego's public records show multiple traffic convictions, including speeding and reckless driving. The State Patrol says he lost control while trying to exit.
Traffic was backed up for miles, the Pioneer Press says, as three westbound lanes on the highway were shut down. The scene was cleared shortly after noon, and the highway was opened to regular traffic right after.
The State Patrol is investigating.