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Published February 08, 2010, 03:08 PM

Jamestown ambulance rolls on Interstate 94 west of Fargo

Mapleton, ND (WDAY TV) - One of the latest crashes involved a vehicle normally called to injury accidents, an ambulance. It happened just outside Mapleton. A Jamestown ambulance carrying an elderly patient lost control, rolling at least once, injuring three people.

The ambulance was on its way to Fargo. Highway Patrol troopers say the driver lost control when going under a bridge, just west of the crash site. Troopers are guessing the vehicle was going about 70 miles per hour. Troopers say the elderly patient who already had injuries, now has new injuries to his neck and head.

Two ambulance workers who were in the back of the vehicle, and not buckled up, also have similar injuries. Troopers believe none of the victims' injuries are life threatening. They say roads all along the Red River Valley corridor aren't fit for travel.

The wind is so severe it's making it impossible for crews to clean roadways.

“This evening and tonight, people should stay off and be very, very weary of the rural areas. The open areas are extremely icy. And this wind, I don't know how fast it's blowing, but really, it just doesn't allow them to treat the roadways.”

This is one of at least 10 crashes in the Fargo area today, the second injury accident. Highway patrol troopers say there have been at least 15 to 20 vehicles in the ditch.