Multi-vehicle crash in North Dakota blamed on storm system
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A storm system coming in Monday behind unseasonably warm weather has led to a chain-reaction crash that shut down part of an interstate in eastern North Dakota amid forecasts for heavy snow in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
The crash happened mid-morning Monday on Interstate 94 west of Fargo, shortly before the National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning in eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota. A half-dozen people were injured and taken to Fargo hospitals, North Dakota Highway Patrol Lt. Troy Hischer said.
Hischer said he believes five semi-trailer trucks and eight other vehicles were involved in the crash, KFGO radio reported. It started with a collision between two vehicles, he said.
Later Monday, a 25-year-old North Dakota man suffered minor injuries when the car he was driving rear-ended a snowplow on Interstate 29 north of Fargo. Officials eventually shut down I-94 from Fargo to Jamestown, a stretch of about 100 miles and I-29 from Fargo to Watertown, South Dakota, about 150 miles.
No travel was advised in other parts of southeastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. About 4 to 8 inches of snow was expected in those areas through Tuesday. Winds were predicted to reach 35 mph later Monday.
The storm comes a day after temperatures reached the 40s in Minnesota and 50s in Wisconsin. The weather service said southern Wisconsin could see up to a quarter-inch of ice and northern Wisconsin a foot or more of snow through Tuesday.