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Multi-car pileup closes Mendota Bridge for 2 hours

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A stretch of Highway 55 over the Mendota Bridge was closed for nearly two hours Monday afternoon due to a multi-car pileup, the Star Tribune reports.

Minnesoa State Patrol spokesman Lt. Eric Roeske said 61 vehicles were involved in the pileup in the westbound lanes of the bridge, at the intersection of Highway 55 and 110 in Mendota Heights.

It began when two cars lost control and crashed, then a semi truck jacknifed, he said in a tweet.

The crash occurred about 12:50 p.m. and the highway was reopened to traffic about 2:45 p.m. The eastbound lanes remained open.

Joe Mueller, one of the motorists involved in the crash, captured much of the pileup on video and posted it to his Facebook page. (Be forewarned it includes profanity)

Post by Joe Mueller.

Roeske said one person was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

Here's another angle of the crash from a WCCO viewer:

Just enough snow has fallen to make roads slick in spots, and MnDOT is encouraging drivers to slow down.

MnDOT spokesman Kent Barnard said plows are out.

At 1:25 p.m., four other accidents were tying up traffic. MnDOT reported crashes in the following locations:

Northbound Hwy. 169 at Old Shakopee Road

Eastbound I-94 has two lanes blocked at John Ireland Blvd in downtown St. Paul. One lane is blocked on eastbound 94 at Cretin with a separate crash.

Southbound 35E also is dealing with a crash blocking one lane at Kellogg Blvd.

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