Lowry Hill Tunnel Crash Video Shows Car Explode in Minneapolis

A high-speed car crash in Lowry Hill Tunnel in Minneapolis caused a huge fire that engulfed the vehicle, leaving one person dead and causing major delays on the Interstate 94.

The exact cause of the crash is not known. But traffic camera footage posted on Twitter by MN Safety shows a car driving around the corner of the main road into the tunnel veer onto a side barrier before ricocheting off the left wall into the tunnel. The car then explodes causing a huge fire, which forced the four following cars to stop at the tunnel entrance seconds later.

Video of this horrific and tragic crash. This is being posted as a reminder to all about the importance of traffic safety. https://t.co/M5rezH88X5 pic.twitter.com/AKJtSzAs1o

— 🚔 MN Safety 🚔 (@SafetyAlertsMN) April 19, 2021

The incident took place at around 9.50 p.m. on Sunday evening and quickly caused the build-up of traffic on the highway.

The State Patrol confirmed that the Westbound I-94 through the tunnel would be closed for an extended period of time while firefighters are at the scene.

Traffic is still moving on the eastbound section of the Interstate 94.

Newsweek has contacted Minneapolis Police and Minneapolis State Patrol for comment on the incident.

On Saturday, two people were found dead after another fiery crash involving a Tesla electric car in Texas.

KRTK reported that the car was a Tesla Model S and the explosion occurred after the vehicle ran off the road.

The Tesla had been traveling from a cul-de-sac on Hammock Dunes Place when it lost control in a curve, and ended up crashing into a tree and bursting into flames.

According to the station, the Tesla's batteries continued to ignite despite the efforts of firefighters to extinguish the blaze. It took them four hours—and 23,000 gallons of water—to finally douse the flames completely.

On February 4, another car crash that caused a fire claimed two lives in Houston. The collision occurred after a driver being pursued by police lost control and crashed into another vehicle.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's most recent data shows that on average there is an automobile crash every 484,000 miles in the United States.

The average number of car accidents in the United States each year is around 6 million, according to DriverKnowledge.com. More than 90 people die in car accidents in the country every day, while 3 million people are injured every year.

Many of these fatalities are caused by people not wearing seatbelts. The website said that one in seven people does not wear a belt while driving. Seatbelts reduce the risk of death by 45 percent, the website said, adding that they halve the risk of serious injury.

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A stock image of yellow tape reading "Police Line Do Not Cross". A high-speed crash in Lowry Hill Tunnel in Minneapolis caused a huge fire and left one person dead, leading to major delays on the Interstate 94. carlballou/Getty