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Friday traffic: Slow-downs forming on I-94 in Minneapolis

As the peak of the rush hour approaches, traffic is getting tight on westbound I-94 heading into downtown Minneapolis. Speeds drop around the Mississippi River and it's snug over to the Lowry Hill Tunnel.  
Northbound I-35W is moving well from Crosstown to downtown Minneapolis, about 12 minutes.
Drivers are navigating around a crash on eastbound 94 at the Lowry Hill Tunnel.
You can see a little bit of everything on the roads. This was spotted on northbound I-35W near Hwy. 13 in Burnsville

This is the weekend for the Back to the 50s car show at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds and some of the 12,000 street rods are arriving That explains the extra traffic on Snelling Avenue between Larpenteur and Como avenues in the Falcon Heights area.


Distracted driver hits Edina squad while trying to find her phone

Distracted and drowsy while driving turned out to be a bad combination for a woman from Albert Lea, Minn. who crashed into the back of an Edina squad car early Wednesday.

The woman said she was tired and was trying to grab her phone that she had dropped on the floor when she struck the squad just before 3 a.m. while she headed north on Hwy. 169 near Bren Road, said Lt. Tiffani Nielson of the State Patrol.

Officer Nicholas Pedersen was stopped on the right shoulder and had his headlights and taillights on when he was hit. 

Neither the Pedersen or the 38-year-old driver were seriously hurt, but both were taken to Fairview Southdale Hospital for evaluation, said city spokeswoman Kaylin Eidsness.

The woman, who was driving a 2017 Dodge Journey, was cited for careless driving. 

Both vehicles sustained heavy damage,

The incident prompted Edina Police in a tweet to remind motorists that "This is distracted driving. Your phone is not this important"