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Fiery Semi Truck Rollover Shuts Down I-494 In Bloomington

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -- A major Twin Cities interstate was closed for several hours Thursday after a semi truck rolled over and started on fire.

Interstate 494 Semi Rollover
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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.

Interstate 494 Semi Rollover Traffic Backup
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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.

Interstate 494 Semi Rollover
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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.

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