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Published November 30, 2011, 06:29 PM

Treacherous travel conditions lead to over a dozen accidents

Fargo-Moorhead (WDAY TV) - It may not have seemed like much in the city, but on the outskirts of Fargo-Moorhead, road conditions were awful for a time this morning. The treacherous conditions led to more than a dozen accidents, some serious.

It may not have seemed like much in the city, but on the outskirts of Fargo-Moorhead, road conditions were awful for a time this morning. The treacherous conditions led to more than a dozen accidents, some serious.

It was an absolute nightmare this morning getting around the metro-area, especially on the interstates. And as law enforcement officials tell us, it was the perfect storm for a situation like this.

Jesse Grabow – Minnesota State Patrol: “I tell you, just after 8 o'clock it really is hard, and what I'm talking about is the rain and nobody likes to see a rain in November or anytime in the winter months. And just with these temps, it made for a recipe of quick disaster.”

It was a quick disaster that lead to seven accidents between the Downer and Barnesville exits, including three jack-knifed semi-trucks. Minnesota State Troopers were forced to shut down the interstate at exits 15 and 22 to deal with the accidents. Traffic was backed up for miles. Law enforcement officials say this stretch of road is known to be a dangerous one.

Bill Bergquist – Clay County Sheriff: “As soon as you hit Downer, between here and Barnesville this is the area that's been the worst every winter. The curves in the roads are one of the reasons.”

Interstate 94 opened back up shortly after 10 this morning despite the treacherous conditions, nobody was injured in Minnesota.

In North Dakota it was much of the same, but some accidents were serious. Most accidents occurred in the southern and western portions of the Fargo-Metro area, near I-29 and West Fargo. A 21 year-old Wahpeton woman was air lifted to Essentia Health after her northbound pontiac crossed the median and slid into southbound traffic. Her condition is not yet known. In total, there were three accidents reported near the Sheyenne exit of I-94 and seven accidents on I-29 between mile marker 53 and the 52nd avenue exit.

Trooper Dennis Gilbertson – ND Highway Patrol: “Please they got to start slowing down, don't use cruise control, pay attention, allow more time, we've had numerous vehicles in the ditch. This intersection has probably had four crashes today. They got to slow down, it's winter time.”

Citizens weren't the only ones caught-up in this morning’s onslaught of accidents. This West Fargo squad car was rear-ended after a slow-moving car slid into it. The officer was transported to Sanford and treated for a minor concussion and a rib injury. The driver was cited for driving without due care.

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