MANKATO (TEC News) – Three people were injured in an icy crash on Highway 14 in Mankato involving a two semis, a van and two cars.
The crash on the Minnesota River Bridge happened just before 9:30 a.m. Friday and kept the eastbound lanes closed until just before noon.
According to the State Patrol, an “uninvolved” vehicle spun out on the east end of the bridge.
That prompted a semi driven by 65-year-old Warren E. Kelm of Darwin to slow down. When Kelm slowed down, the patrol says his semi was rear-ended by a second semi driven-by 60-year-old Daniel N. Schroeder of Lodi, Wisconsin.
Schroeder’s semi jackknifed into a van driven by 61-year-old Chris Miller of Tyler.
Still moving, Schroeder’s semi struck a car driven by 71-year-old James Barth of North Mankato and a second car driven-by 23-year-old Nicole M. Halvorson of North Mankato.
Schroeder, Kelm and Barth were all taken to Mayo Clinic Health System Hospital in Mankato with minor injuries.
Everyone was wearing a seatbelt, according to the State Patrol incident report.