Police officers and members of the Minnesota State Patrol are using the example of an evening crash near Rogers on Interstate 94 as an example of how everyone, even truck drivers, needs to slow down on icy roads this season.
Officer Jared Peterson and a member of the Minnesota State Patrol were responding to a jackknifed semi truck and rig off Interstate 94 near the Highway 101 exit around 10 p.m. Monday night as the snow began to fall again on the Wright and Hennepin County border.
As the two men were processing the scene, another semi hit the same ice-packed and snow patch, also jackknifed and careened in the two squad cars and a tow truck that was on scene. A Rogers Police unit that was controlling traffic about a quarter of a mile east of the crash site caught the incident on its dash camera:
Peterson was injured, and transported to a local hospital, where he was later released. Rogers Police Chief Jeff Beahen told media outlets Peterson had “internal bruising” but no severe injuries, something he called “a miracle.”
The stretch of highway has been the scene to a handful of fatal accidents, and an injury to one Rogers officer who could not return to duty, Beahen stated.