As a general rule of thumb, it’s best to avoid driving in the snow if you don’t have to. But if the trip is necessary, it’s crucial to take the proper precautions to keep you and those around you safe. However, no matter how safe you drive, sometimes nature just has other plans, and a prime example of this is what happened recently in Minnesota, where a few out-of-control semi-trucks led to a seven-vehicle pileup.
The first semi-truck jackknifed across the highway, pushing the SUV in front of it out of the carnage to follow. The pickup truck behind the semi, on the other hand, unfortunately didn’t have the same luck. Knowing he likely wouldn’t be able to stop in time, the driver swerved to avoid the semi, but it wasn’t enough, as while he was sliding from the evasive maneuver, the passenger side of his front bumper clipped the semi’s trailer and left him stranded on the grass.
TRAFFIC ALERT: I-35 southbound north of Faribault is closed. Seven-vehicle crash. Northbound lanes remain open. Expect travel delays southbound. Check https://t.co/xbK5MXsJli for road conditions. Slow down, watch for emergency responders on scene. #faribaultmn #mnwx #I35mn #mndot pic.twitter.com/qDLoXEsga8
— MnDOT District 6 (@mndotsoutheast) December 10, 2021
The next victim was another semi-truck, which wasn’t able to brake quickly enough in the slippery conditions caused by the snow and bumped into the first one’s trailer, causing it to come within inches of another SUV running off the road to avoid the crash. After that, a third SUV drove off the road to avoid a collision. Unfortunately, though, a third semi-truck behind him was doing the same thing, but he wasn’t able to slow down on the snowy grass, so he ended up taking out all three SUVs that had pulled off the road.
All in all, the whole ordeal caused a two-hour closure of the southbound lanes of the highway before a single lane was eventually able to be reopened. Thankfully no one was injured, but apparently, that day’s snowstorm was so bad that Minnesota State Police received 286 crash reports as a result, 21 of which resulted in injury and 21 involved other jackknifed semi trucks.