UPDATE: Nearly 80 vehicles involved in pile-up on I-94 near Ashby

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Published: Dec. 25, 2021 at 12:54 PM CST
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ASHBY, Minn. (Valley News Live)- (UPDATE: Reaction from drivers)

“And we saw a semi-truck smash into the semi-truck right next to us,” said Casey Pflipsen. “And at that moment that’s when I decided to just floor it into the median and get as far up the road away from the pile-up as I could.”

Pflipsen is just one of many drivers that were involved in the massive pile-up on Interstate-94 on Saturday. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, nearly 80 vehicles were involved in the accident near Ashby, MN.

“I went and walked down the road and just looking at all of the chaos and people were checking in on each other, just random people hugging each other and just everybody was making sure everybody was ok no matter how bad the situation you were in.” said Jack Hager.

Road conditions on I-94 got steadily worse as more snow fell in the region and the winds picked up. Some drivers said they couldn’t see what was coming until it was too late.

“Just started sliding, and as we got through it there was a car stopped in the middle of the road, and obviously all of the other vehicles weren’t able to stop.” said Chris Rogers.

(UPDATE 12/25 5:54 p.m.)

Minnesota State Patrol says the crash happened around 11 a.m.

They say two vehicles crashed and blocked the roadway.

This caused a chain reaction of vehicles to crash behind them.

About 40 vehicles were damaged and another 30 were slid off the road as a result of the crash.

No word on the total of injuries, but all were not life-threatening.

The crash remains under investigation.

(UPDATE 12/25 2:46 p.m.) Interstate 94 at Highway 78 has reopened.


Interstate 94 at Highway 78 near Ashby is shut down due to a multi-vehicle collision.

There are reports there may be several injuries.

A medical triage is being set up to assist in this incident.

Motorists are being asked to follow the signed alternate routes.

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