Crash shuts down Lowry Hill Tunnel, clogs I-94 in Minneapolis

A multi-vehicle crash shut down the Lowry Hill Tunnel in Minneapolis during the Thursday morning commute, stopping traffic on Interstate 94 and causing backups on Interstate 35W. WATCH LIVE VIDEO

The accident, which happened at about 8 a.m., involved 3 vehicles and a small fire. There were no serious injuries reported. Traffic was detoured onto the Hennepin-Lyndale exit until the tunnel reopened at about 9:15 a.m.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

A debate broke out in the comments on the Fox 9 live stream of the incident on whether or not it is legal to cross the solid white lanes that run through the Lowry Hill Tunnel. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, it is legal to cross a single lane solid white line, but not recommended. Therefore, it is legal to change lanes in the tunnel, but it is not recommended.