Fatal crash on I-35 closes stretch of highway for hours

Minnesota Department Of Transportation, Star Tribune
Cameras show traffic on southbound I-35W just miles north of Harris following a fatal crash on the highway Saturday afternoon.

A fiery fatal crash in Chisago County closed the southbound lanes of Interstate 35 near the Rush City exit late into the evening Saturday.

The crash happened at 3:21 p.m. on the highway near Harris, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The number of fatalities has not yet been released.

According to the patrol, a Chevrolet Equinox going the wrong way in the southbound lanes crashed head-on into a southbound Ford Fusion. The first car came to rest in the right-hand southbound lane, while the Ford burst into flames upon impact, coming to rest in the median.

The patrol closed southbound lanes from Rush City down to Harris for several hours; the lanes were still closed at 7 p.m., but officials expected them to reopen soon. Earlier, many motorists were stuck in the traffic line for more than an hour before traffic was rerouted onto other roads.

Photos taken by drivers passing through the area showed smoke and flames rising from the crash site, and charred wreckage thereafter.

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Fatal crash on southbound I-35 closes stretch of highway for hours

Police scanner traffic indicated that a vehicle going the wrong way may have hit another head on.