MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A major Twin Cities interstate was closed for several hours Thursday after a semi truck rolled over and started on fire.
The Minnesota State Patrol says the accident happened on Interstate 494 at Highway 169 in Bloomington at about 3:15 p.m.
The semi truck collided with a car on an exit ramp, which sent the truck across a grassy area before it slid across all westbound lanes, eventually smashing into the median.
The impact set the semi on fire, and launched concrete debris into the eastbound lanes.
The driver of the truck was rescued by a good Samaritans. The state patrol says the driver suffered minor injuries and was being treated at the scene.
Both directions of I-494 were shut down for hours as crews battled the fire. It created a traffic jam for thousands of drivers.
All eastbound lanes of I-494 were re-opened by 9:45 p.m., but all westbound traffic had to exit the interstate to Hwy. 169. Westbound lanes ares till closed as of late Thursday night.