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Published February 17, 2013, 08:30 PM

Icy Roads make travel difficult around the Valley

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- All of Southeast North Dakota is now under a travel advisory.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- All of Southeast North Dakota is now under a travel advisory.

At one point today, troopers were in a 9 miles stretch, responding to 4 vehicles in the ditch. And the icy patches turned fatal in the northern valley. A 63 year old Cedar, Minnesota man died after colliding with a semi.

Patches of solid ice coated I-29 near Hillsboro, where this vehicle rolled over. The driver was ejected.

He lost control of the SUV, hit a semi-truck, and rolled into the median.

Emergency responders found him dead at the scene. Blowing snow throughout the day created icy patches on both Interstates.

Sgt. Dave Wolf: "It is very sporadic, so, you'll go a mile or two and there's no ice and then you'll hit an overpass or a curve on the road and it's glare ice."

The sheer number of cars in the ditch throughout the day had the Highway Patrol stretched thin.

Investigating the fatal crash was complicated by passing vehicles going in the ditch.

Wolf: "It's very chaotic, it's a safety factor for us out here. People are going by the crash scene and they're spinning out and going into the ditch. I don't know why when you see red lights they're not slowing down."

This happened during a busy Sunday for travel from Grand Forks to Fargo,

a lot of people heading south after the George Strait concert last night. That's the case for the people who shot this video -- traffic was stand still for awhile.

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