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Published February 18, 2013, 09:45 PM

It was a day of terrible traveling conditions in the Red River Valley

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Hundreds of accidents were reported around the Red River Valley today.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- It was an awful day on any road outside of city limits. At times, drivers were caught in white outs, while on ice covered roads with drifts building in.

Crashes and people going into the ditch were constant from morning to evening and the deadly conditions turned fatal near Barnesville.

Crews are working out here to get 19th avenue North open for tomorrow morning, but as you can see it remains closed tonight. There are people out there tonight wishing these signs would have popped up on interstates.

This video from the scene this morning at 19th Avenue North, was the 2nd clip on World News with Diane Sawyer this evening.

And we snapped these images just East of Moorhead this afternoon, caught in a white out. We were responding to a fatal accident near Barnesville,

but travel was so slow officers had the scene cleared by the time we made it 20 miles on ice covered roads.

2 people died in the accident, another seriously injured. It involved a MN DOT snowplow, a semi hauling a tanker, a truck hauling a trailer with a skidstear on top and a passenger vehicle.

"perfect storm."

Back near Moorhead now, we capture the worst visibility we experienced today and as it cleared, half a mile a head this, a jackknifed semi, hauling 2 trailers.

"wind caught him he was done for."

It took hours to get the rig out. There were 80 crashes in Minnesota today,

and about 150 vehicles that went off the road.

On the North Dakota side a multi-vehicle accident closed I-94 between Jamestown and Valley City. 2 years ago, I remember driving out to that 100 car pileup west of Fargo. There were spots today that reminded of that day, at times we couldn't see anything farther than the hood of the vehicle.

Troopers told me tonight, it's because those white out patches were rather small, and they say you could get around if you didn't over drive the conditions, the problem is they obviously had a lot of people over driving the conditions.

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