A series of spinouts and crashes shut down southbound Interstate 35 at Highway 8 Thursday morning, between Forest Lake, Minn. and Wyoming, Minn.
We counted at least 15 spinouts in less than 30 seconds of the traffic camera video.
"Multiple cars everywhere," Adam Stitcha recalled.
In mere seconds, several cars slid into cascades of snow. Stitcha was one of them, and he says there really was no avoiding it.
"I kind of saw traffic, hit the brakes and pulled over -- and then hit a patch of snow, and it pulled me off," he explained.
Even tow truck operators were left wondering whether they'd be hit too.
"It was all chain-reaction," Dan Bothman, of Dan's Towing, told Fox 9 News. "We had a couple of spinouts, and then there was a semi coming through. He tried slowing down and he started jack-knifing, taking all the lanes. People were avoiding getting hit by that. Then, there was another one that came in behind that."
The crashes kept southbound I-35 closed for just under 2 hours. The Minnesota State Patrol reopened the highway at Forest Lake just after 10:30 a.m.
It was just as treacherous off the freeway. Nearly 2 miles away from the chain-reaction crash on the Interstate, another driver slid crashed and rolled on Highway 61. He had to escape through the rear hatch.
According to the State Patrol, troopers responded to 67 crashes and 106 spinouts in the Twin Cities metro between 5 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Thursday. No serious injuries or deaths were reported.