A driver survived Tuesday morning after the vehicle she was driving went over the side of an interstate ramp in Little Canada north of St. Paul and plunged several stories, according to Twin Cities media reports.
The 54-year-old driver from Maplewood was going north on an Interstate 35E flyover to westbound Interstate 694 when she lost control and went over the railing and landed on an embankment below, according to an initial state patrol report (see the traffic-cam video below).
Local media had images of a crumpled red pickup, but WCCO reports that remarkably, the driver was able to "walk away."
Minnesota Department of Transportation officials said the driver did not have serious injuries. First responders had to extricate the driver, who was taken to a hospital, KARE 11 reports.
Many roads were icy for frigid Tuesday morning commutes. There were "numerous spinouts and crashes" around the Twin Cities metro on Tuesday morning, KSTP reports.
Minnesota state troopers were called to 148 crashes between 5 and 10 a.m. Tuesday, 16 involving injury, although none serious or fatal, according to Lt. Eric Roeske.
The Star Tribune reports that some metro drivers were skidding and sliding due to “black ice,” particularly on ramps and overpasses. Among the traffic woes was a seven-vehicle pileup on northbound Highway 169 at 7th Street in Hopkins that closed the highway for nearly an hour, the newspaper reported.
Black ice is a transparent film that is difficult for drivers to see and often forms due to vehicle exhaust condensing on the road surface.