From Local Sources
ST. ANTHONY -- A barn fire from Monday created a smoky situation on the roads Tuesday morning in Jasper, causing a 5 car pile-up.
It happened on Schnellville Road ¾ of a mile east of Santine Road just after 8:30.
When officers arrived, they reported extremely low visibility of 30-50 feet.
Police say the weather conditions overnight caused smoke from the fire to hover near the ground and cover the distance of up to 5 miles away.
Schnellville Road was closed for about an hour and a half while the scene was cleared and smoke lifted.
Four people refused treatment at the scene. A fifth person was taken to Memorial Hospital, accompanied by his wife, who decided to also seek treatment.
Both of them were released a short time later.
Police say hay caught fire in that barn last night causing the thick, black smoke.