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Published February 12 2010

Multiple-vehicle accident stalls Interstate 94 traffic

A multivehicle accident on westbound Interstate 94 in Fargo temporarily stalled traffic for more than a mile Thursday.

A woman’s vehicle broke down about 11:45 a.m. as she was traveling in the middle lane of I-94 near the pedestrian bridge between South University Drive and 25th Street, said Sgt. Dave Wolf of the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

Officers were responding to her call for assistance when another driver stopped to help, Wolf said.

Traffic coming from behind met the scene, and a rear-end collision caused a chain reaction of crashes involving four cars, Wolf said.

A separate two-car accident happened shortly afterward – just east of the first crash scene – as drivers changed lanes to avoid the original accident, he said.

One person complaining of neck and back pain was taken to a local hospital as a precautionary measure. No other injuries were reported, Wolf said.

The snarl caused a

45-minute delay for drivers during the noon hour, with traffic backed up past the Eighth Street exit in Moorhead, he said.

All three lanes of westbound I-94 were temporarily closed near the accident site, and traffic passed at a crawl using the shoulder of the roadway.

Authorities cleared the accident by about 12:30 p.m., Wolf said.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Kristen Daum at (701) 241-5541