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Published March 12, 2013, 11:18 PM

Many crashes in area after blowing snow

FARGO – Many accidents were reported Tuesday night when blowing snow caused slush, compacted snow and ice to build up on roads in the area.

By: Forum staff reports, INFORUM

FARGO – Many accidents were reported Tuesday night when blowing snow caused slush, compacted snow and ice to build up on roads in the area.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol reported “dozens” of vehicles in the ditch throughout the day and about 12 crashes and rollovers were reported Tuesday night.

Around 10 p.m., an SUV struck a vehicle that was stuck in the ditch on Interstate 29 near 52nd Avenue South. No one was in the vehicle, but the driver of the SUV was taken to Essentia Health by ambulance to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries, the patrol said.

Two people were hurt in a rollover crash on Interstate 94 just east of Moorhead. The driver lost control in the westbound lane and rolled the vehicle, authorities said. Two people were injured, and one was taken to a Fargo hospital by ambulance.

“You’ve just got to slow it down. Don’t use your cruise control. It is icy – we’ve got a lot of blow ice, but as long as you drive safely and pay attention, there shouldn’t be a problem,” Minnesota State Patrol Trooper Mark Peterson said.

There have been more than 850 accidents and vehicles going into the ditch on the interstate between Moorhead and Alexandria in the last month.

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