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Moorhead woman suffers life-threatening injuries after being ejected in I-94 crash

FARGO - A woman was ejected from her vehicle and suffered life-threatening injuries Monday afternoon, April 2, in an Interstate 94 crash that also caused major traffic snarls.

Rescue workers attend the scene of an accident Monday, April 2, 2018, on westbound Interstate 94 under the 45th Street overpass, Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
Rescue workers attend the scene of an accident Monday, April 2, 2018, on westbound Interstate 94 under the 45th Street overpass, Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

FARGO – A woman was ejected from her vehicle and suffered life-threatening injuries Monday afternoon, April 2, in an Interstate 94 crash that also caused major traffic snarls.

A report of multiple vehicles involved in a possible head-on crash on westbound I-94 near the 45th Street South underpass was called in around 2:40 p.m. Monday. Officers with the Fargo Police Department assisted North Dakota Highway Patrol troopers at the scene under the bridge along with the Fargo Fire Department and F-M Ambulance.

The Highway Patrol said a 25-year-old woman from Moorhead was driving a Jeep Liberty when she lost control while entering eastbound I-94 from 45th Street. The Jeep went through the median, entering the westbound lanes before the passenger side was struck by a Dodge Caravan driven by Liqaa Marrooki, 41, of Moorhead.

The driver of the Jeep was ejected from her vehicle, and she was taken to Essentia Health in Fargo with life-threatening injuries. Her name was being withheld Monday evening pending family notification.

The Highway Patrol said Marrooki told officers he saw the Jeep lose control and attempted to slow down and avoid the crash, but he was unsuccessful. He was taken to Sanford Medical Center in Fargo with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

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A news release said that speed and icy road conditions were both factors in the crash, which remains under investigation by the Highway Patrol.

For a period of Monday afternoon, traffic was at a standstill for 2 miles from University Drive South to Exit 349B, where traffic was being rerouted while crews worked on the scene. Snowplows helped block lanes along with squad cars, and traffic in the eastbound lanes were met with reduced speeds near the scene of the crash.

Fargo Police reported just before 4 p.m. that westbound I-94 was reopened.

Light snowfall at the time caused slick roads Monday, resulting in several other minor crashes and spinouts throughout the Fargo-Moorhead area.

Kim Hyatt is a reporter for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead covering community issues and other topics. She previously worked for the Owatonna People's Press where she received the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Dave Pyle New Journalist Award in 2016. Later that year, she joined The Forum as a night reporter and is now part of the investigative team. She's a 2014 graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth.
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