Six vehicles were involved in a crash that began when a semi and pickup collided Tuesday morning on Highway 169 south of Belle Plaine, on a large hill near the intersection with German Road.
The first crash was reported at about 11:20 a.m., when a southbound Ford F-140 lost control and went into the northbound path of a semi, causing it to go into the ditch, according to Scott County Sheriff Luke Hennen.
That caused a chain reaction, where four other vehicles bumped into each other or went in the ditch while trying to avoid the crash. Deputies quickly closed northbound Highway 169 to remove electrical wires and clear the semis, Hennen said, diverting traffic to German Road.
Additional accidents occurred near the initial crash scene as officers tried to clean up the crash scene. Scanner traffic indicated a vehicle spun out nearby and another semi went into the ditch north of the accident scene. A vehicle reportedly rear-ended a truck at the top of a hill at about 11:54 as the crash cleanup continued.
Hennen said there were about five calls in the area of the initial accident, but he wasn’t sure how many total vehicles ended up spinning out, crashing or going in the ditch.
“There were multiple calls along there,” he said.
One person had to be extricated from their vehicle; one person sustained minor injuries and was transported by Ridgeview to St. Francis Medical Center in Shakopee.
It took more than two-and-a-half hours to clear the road, which reopened at 2 p.m.