Dave Olson, Published December 28 2008
Slippery roads lead to death of WF womanA 47-year-old West Fargo woman was the latest area resident whose life was claimed by icy road conditions in the region in recent days.
The Friday night accident involving Kathleen Glanzer and her family and two other vehicles was one of dozens authorities responded to this weekend.
On Saturday, more than 20 vehicles ended up in ditches or were involved in minor accidents within 20 miles of Fargo, according to Dave Wolf, a sergeant with the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
However, none resulted in injuries or were as serious as the accident Friday night, which happened about 5:30 p.m. on Interstate 29 in Richland County.
Kathleen Glanzer was a front-seat passenger in the vehicle driven by Hardy Glanzer, 54.
Hardy Glanzer and the two rear-seat passengers in his vehicle – Susan Glanzer, 16, and Samantha Glanzer, 14, all of West Fargo – were taken to the St. Francis Medical Center in Breckenridge, Minn., according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
A hospital spokeswoman said the Glanzers were not there Saturday afternoon. The hospital said it could release no other information.
Earlier this week, a West Fargo man and two of his children were killed in a crash on Interstate 94 near Alexandria, Minn.
Thomas Dunnuck, 48, died, as did his sons, Samuel, 15, and Gabriel, 12.
Dunnuck’s daughter, Anna Dunnuck, 8, who was injured in the Wednesday crash, was listed in fair condition Saturday at St. Cloud (Minn.) Hospital.
In both fatal crashes, officials said road conditions were slippery.
Wolf said driving has been dangerous because road conditions are unpredictable.
“They changed from literally mile to mile,” said Wolf, adding that drivers Saturday were dealing with the remnants of Friday night’s freezing drizzle, as well as blowing snow that would melt when tires rolled over it and then refreeze, causing patches of very slippery road.
He said in one case a trooper was assisting a motorist on Interstate 29 just north of 19th Avenue North in Fargo when another driver slid into his patrol car. Wolf said it was a low-speed impact and no one was hurt.
In addition to the fatality, Friday’s crash injured five people. According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol:
The driver of the first vehicle, 44-year-old Yookack Lim of Steinbach, Man., was driving a truck towing an enclosed van trailer south on the interstate.
The second vehicle, a Chevy Tahoe, was headed north. It was driven by Hardy Glanzer.
The third vehicle, a four-door Oldsmobile driven by 23-year-old Rachel Kindle of Roscoe, S.D., also was northbound.
Lim lost control and crossed the median into the paths of the other two vehicles. The Tahoe then hit the truck, and the Oldsmobile rear-ended the Tahoe.
There was freezing rain at the time of the crash.
Kathleen Glanzer was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Highway Patrol said Lim and Kindle were taken to St. Francis Medical Center after the crash.
The hospital said they were not there Saturday afternoon and no further information could be released.
The crash remains under investigation.
The National Weather Service in Grand Forks, N.D., said the area can expect sunshine for at least part of today, with temperatures in the 20s.
While conditions may be relatively mild, Meteorologist Pete Speicher warned that drivers may encounter compacted snow and ice on roads for many days to come.
Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555