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Westbound I-90 near Stewartville reopens after accidents block traffic

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A section of westbound Interstate 90 in southern Minnesota was reopened to traffic about 6:30 p.m. Monday, hours after it was closed due to two serious accidents that occurred within minutes of each other.

One person was killed and another injured, according to ABC6 News.

The crashes occurred on the highway near Stewartville. The first happened at 1:40 p.m. when two westbound semi trucks collided. The State Patrol reports one semi was pulled over on the side of the road when the second drove by and sideswiped the first one.

One of the trucks was totaled and some 40,000 pounds of whey protein product spilled onto the highway as a result, according to ABC6 News.

One of the drivers suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The second accident occurred about 10 minutes later near the same location, when another semi rear-ended a commercial vehicle. The semi driver was killed, and the other driver was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, according to the station.

Westbound traffic had been detoured onto Highway 52 until the accident area was cleared. Eastbound I-90 remained open to traffic.

The crash scene is about 15 miles south of Rochester.

Fatal accident in St. Paul Monday

An 85-year-old woman was killed in a two-car collision in St. Paul Monday morning, KSTP reports.

The accident occurred about 11 a.m. on Pennsylvania Avenue just west of Interstate 35E, when a car traveling westbound crossed the center line and struck an eastbound SUV head on, according to the station.

A passenger in the SUV, No Do, was pronounced dead at the scene. Two others were taken to Regions Hospital for treatment.

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