Accident on I-94 from slippery and icy roadsFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Traffic backed up on I-94, after 9-cars were involved in a chain-reaction of accidents on an icy Red River bridge.
By: Becky Parker, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Traffic backed up on I-94, after 9-cars were involved in a chain-reaction of accidents on an icy Red River bridge.
The bridge does have an anti-icing system, but today, it wasn't used.
Kelly Dewald was on her way to work when she noticed the cars in front of her slowing down near the Red River bridge on I-94.
But when she hit the brakes, her car just started sliding flipping a 180 into the ditch.
Kelly Dewald/Car Crashed on Bridge: "All of a sudden I see another car start to slide and I thought oh my god I'm going to get hit again? It was terrifying."
By the time it was over, nine cars, including Dewald's had crashed on the icy stretch of road.
The bridge is equipped with an anti-icing system that sprays chemicals to prevent ice from forming and bonding to the bridge.
But if the temperature on the bridge surface is below six degrees, they can't use it.
MNDOT is in charge of the system in the westbound lane.
Moerke: "That's the situation here. When it gets below a certain temperature, it could lead to re-freezing or make conditions even slipperier on the bridge."
Just standing out here on this bridge you can feel how slippery it is and this isn't the only accident that's happened out here this week. Just yesterday, our crews responded to another one where someone ran into the ditch.
That crash involved two cars Thursday morning - also in the westbound lane.
Right now in these frigid temperatures, MNDOT says there is not much that can be done other than laying sand and asking drivers to take it slow.
Dewald: "Drive slow, because that bridge is really icy."
One woman was taken to the hospital by ambulance, but troopers say her injuries are not life-threatening.
North Dakota troopers say the drivers were traveling too fast for the conditions.