VIDEO: 61 vehicle crash on Mendota Bridge

VIDEO: Mendota Bridge crash involved 61 vehicles

Posted: Updated:
WARNING: This video contains profanity and the impact of a crash. Viewer discretion advised.
MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn. (KMSP) -

A crash involving 61 vehicles shut down westbound lanes of the Highway 55 Mendota Bridge early Monday afternoon.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the pileup was triggered just before 1 p.m. by two cars that lost control and crashed, causing a semi to jackknife.

"When you look at why this happened, it's because people are driving too fast, following too close, and not being prepared to stop," Lt. Eric Roeske said.

One person was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The crash was cleared and all lanes were reopened by 3 p.m.

VIDEO: State Patrol blames speed, 'complacency'
(WARNING: Video contains crash impact)

Uncensored video of the crash was posted on Facebook by real estate agent Joe Mueller, with the description, "Most intense thing of my life. No major injuries to anyone. Praise god."

Mueller can be heard in the video ushering drivers to the other side of a concrete barrier as more vehicles approached the scene. 

Westbound Highway 55 was closed for several hours as crews cleared all the crashed vehicles from the roadway.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • 35 breathtaking views of Supercell clouds in Minnesota, Wisconsin

    35 breathtaking views of Supercell clouds in Minnesota, Wisconsin

    Sunday, July 27 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-27 17:26:52 GMT
    Saturday night, North of the metro, a "Trail of Hail" made its way from Minnesota to Wisconsin. Large hail, some the size of tennis balls were reported in parts ofPolk County, WI. There were only a few storms but those storms were
    Saturday night, North of the metro, a "Trail of Hail" made its way from Minnesota to Wisconsin. Large hail, some the size of tennis balls were reported in parts of Polk County, WI. There were only a few storms but those storms were
  • Husband runs over wife in Minnetonka Beach, Minn.

    Husband runs over wife in Minnetonka Beach, Minn.

    Sunday, July 27 2014 11:19 PM EDT2014-07-28 03:19:10 GMT
    Police say it probably was an accident, but a Minnesota man is in jail and may be charged with criminal vehicular homicide after he ran over his wife in the lakefront community of Minnetonka Beach.
    Police say it probably was an accident, but a Minnesota man is in jail and may be charged with criminal vehicular homicide after he ran over his wife in the lakefront community of Minnetonka Beach.
  • Newborn dead, 14-year-old girl hospitalized in southern Minnesota

    Newborn dead, 14-year-old girl hospitalized in southern Minnesota

    Sunday, July 27 2014 5:15 PM EDT2014-07-27 21:15:10 GMT
    Police in southern Minnesota are investigating the death of a newborn baby and the hospitalization of a teenage girl in the small town of Butterfield, Minn. -- but they aren't releasing many details, and many rumors are swirling in place of answers.
    Police in southern Minnesota are investigating the death of a newborn baby and the hospitalization of a teenage girl in the small town of Butterfield, Minn. -- but they aren't releasing many details, and many rumors are swirling in place of answers.
Powered by WorldNow

4739 NW 53rd Avenue, Sutie B
Gainesville, FL 32653

Phone: (352) 371-0051

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices