Semi hits North Dakota trooper's vehicle on I-29

The trooper was not in the patrol vehicle at the time of the collision because he had gotten out to check on motorists involved in an earlier crash.

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A North Dakota Highway Patrol vehicle is seen after a collision on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023.
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ARGUSVILLE, N.D. — A semi smashed into a parked North Dakota Highway Patrol vehicle on Thursday, Jan. 26, while a trooper was checking on motorists involved in an earlier crash along Interstate 29 outside Argusville.

At about 7 p.m., the trooper was responding to a four-vehicle crash on I-29, when the semi towing an empty cattle trailer struck the trooper’s parked Ford Explorer, according to the Highway Patrol.

When the semi hit the patrol vehicle, its emergency lights were flashing and it was parked in the northbound passing lane because the four vehicles involved in the initial crash were all in that lane, the patrol said.

The trooper was not in the vehicle at the time of the collision.

Upon impact, the semi jackknifed into the median. No one was injured in the crash, according to the patrol.


The Cass County Sheriff's Office is investigating the crash between the semi and the patrol vehicle.

Northbound I-29 was closed between Argusville and Gardner for over two hours while authorities dealt with the crash scenes. Argusville is about 16 miles north of Fargo.

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