FARGO — A North Dakota Highway Patrol trooper escaped harm Friday morning, Dec. 28, after his squad car was damaged in a crash while the trooper was investigating a different crash.

According to a statement released by the Highway Patrol:

The incident happened about 10:15 a.m. Friday when the trooper was completing a crash investigation in the westbound lane of Interstate 94 between the Red River bridge of the interstate and University Drive South in Fargo.

The trooper's vehicle was parked on the westbound shoulder when a car driven by Tazitabong Nkengateh, 40, of Fargo, lost control while traveling west and side-swiped the patrol vehicle.

Nkengateh and the trooper were uninjured in the crash.

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Moments later, another crash occurred between two vehicles at the same location. In addition, another three vehicles spun out in the same location, nearly striking the trooper and other motorists.

The Highway Patrol was strongly encouraging drivers to slow down when approaching emergency vehicles displaying flashing lights, as hard braking on icy roads can lead to crashes and serious injuries.