Crashes on icy roads hospitalize people ‘from Bismarck to Fargo’CASSELTON, N.D. – The state Highway Patrol reported 19 crashes in the southeast region Sunday night, after the first of three waves of snow expected to hit the region iced up roads and highways, dropping travel speeds, and causing people to slide into ditches and each other in parts of the region.
By: Helmut Schmidt, Forum News Service, INFORUM, Forum News Service
CASSELTON, N.D. – The state Highway Patrol reported 19 crashes in the southeast region Sunday night, after the first of three waves of snow expected to hit the region iced up roads and highways, dropping travel speeds, and causing people to slide into ditches and each other in parts of the region.
“We’ve got people in hospitals from Bismarck to Fargo,” Patrol Sgt. Troy Hischer said.
“It’s definitely slick,” Hischer said.
Hischer said he was in the Casselton area and he was going 40 to 45 mph “and I’m fishtailing in my squad car.”
The State Patrol said crashes started on Interstate 94 about 4 p.m. in the Medina area and followed the snow east to the Fargo area.
Of the crashes, 15 involved property and four included injuries, Hischer said. The injured were transported to hospitals in Bismarck, Jamestown and Fargo, the State Patrol reported. None of the injuries were believed to be life-threatening.
All of the crashes involved a driver losing control and either entering the ditch or median and striking a fixed object, or crossing the median and striking a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction, the State Patrol reported.
No further information was released on the crashes.
In addition to the snow, expected to be about an inch in the Fargo-Moorhead area, some areas of North Dakota also saw rain and freezing rain which slickened roads as temperatures dropped after sunset.
On Interstate 94 from Steele through Jamestown and south to the South Dakota boarder, roads had continual ice, the North Dakota Department of Transportation reported. From Jamestown and halfway to Valley City, north and south of I-94, scattered ice was reported on many roads Sunday night.
It’s really icy,” a Stutsman County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher said.
“It’s been constant calls” for accidents and cars in the ditch, the dispatcher said.
In Williston and to the north of the city there was ice and snow on roads, and the Minot area also was seeing many of roads icing up, the DOT reported.
Minnesota roads in the Red River Valley were still in fair to good winter driving conditions about 9 p.m., according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation website.
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