A three-vehicle injury crash caused severe backups and the temporary closure of Interstate 94 Thursday morning, June 27, on westbound Interstate 94 at the Dayton/Rogers border.
Three adults were injured after the van they were driving in rolled over and caused a crash with a truck and motorcycle.
Rogers Police Chief Jeff Beahen said the right rear tire of the van blew out, causing the van to skid sideways.
“Somewhere in that mess it was hit by the commercial vehicle, then the van rolled several times and went into the center median, impacting the cable barrier,” Beahen said. “Several of the (van) occupants were ejected out of the side window in the van.” (Editor’s Note: It was later learned only one van occupant was ejected, and the driver was not seriously injured).
Beahen said the motorcycle driver was “banged up” but was alert and talking at the scene. The truck driver was not injured. Beahen said the van occupants were transient merchants from other states “here for the summer working for a company selling cleaning products.”
The chief said two helicopters airlifted the seriously injured victims, and four ambulances were at the scene. Responding authorities included Rogers Fire and Police, Dayton Fire and Police, Hennepin County Sheriff and Minnesota State Patrol.
The State Patrol closed westbound Interstate 94 being from the Interstate 494 intersection in Maple Grove all the way to the Rogers area. The closure led to snarled traffic conditions in Maple Grove and Rogers. All westbound freeway traffic was diverted at I-494, with backups east to the Hemlock Lane intersection in Maple Grove. Westbound County Rd. 81 that also connects Maple Grove and Rogers was stop-and-go beginning at the Hwy. 610 interchange.
Earlier, one lane on eastbound I-94 was also closed as emergency crews rerouted westbound traffic to turn around and head east. The State Patrol said the traffic delays were anticipated to last several hours to allow for investigation and clean-up at the scene.