FARGO — A crash in a construction zone on Interstate 94 where a bridge is being repaired caused heavy traffic backups and congestion on Wednesday night, June 9, about 7:30 p.m.
The North Dakota Highway Patrol said a vehicle driven by Vanessa Vondall, 34, of New Town, N.D., was entering the westbound lanes on the tri-level bridge on I-94 when she struck a 2020 Ford F350 pulling a flatbed trailer driven by Christopher Clute, 47, of Sunriver, Oregon.
Clute, Vondall and her 17-year-old passenger were not injured.
Because of construction, the westbound lanes are reduced to two lanes in that stretch of the interstate, which likely contributed to the crash. That also backed up traffic, as two of the usual three lanes in the area were closed because of a disabled vehicle following the crash.
The Patrol said Vondall was tested and charged on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs and for failure to yield. All of those involved were wearing seat belts.