- Associated Press - Thursday, July 3, 2014

OWATONNA, Minn. (AP) - A fiery crash involving three vehicles has forced the closure of northbound Interstate 35 south of Owatonna, but the State Patrol says nobody was injured.

The Patrol says a semi and a car were stopped in the right northbound lane around 3:45 p.m. Thursday due to traffic backups. Another semi crashed into the car, which then collided with the first semi. The trucks then started on fire, sending a plume of smoke into the sky that could be seen for miles.

Traffic was detoured onto other roads. Southbound I-35 was reduced to one lane.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation was not immediately certain how long the northbound lanes would be closed. Once the accident clears, MnDOT will need to examine the road to ensure that it’s safe for traffic.

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