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Forum staff reports, Published December 25 2010

Several Christmas Eve crashes blamed on ice

A number of accidents on area roads were reported Friday morning as conditions proved slippery for holiday travelers and shoppers.

North Dakota Highway Patrol officers responded to four rollovers and about 10 cars in the ditch as of 10 a.m. in Cass, Richland and Traill counties, said Lt. Bryan Niewind.

Two of those rollovers, one of which sent a man to the hospital with minor injuries, occurred on Inter-state 29 near Fargo, Niewind said.

The icy roads prompted the Department of Transportation to send out crews in force, Niewind said.

During winter, drivers are urged to refrain from using cruise control and making quick lane changes. As always, motorists are encouraged to buckle up and slow down, he said.

Treacherous roads also slowed Minnesota travelers.

Minnesota State Troopers in northwest and central Minnesota responded to 12 vehicles off the road and another five crashes as of 8:30 a.m. Friday, said Trooper Jesse Grabow.

On Thursday, the Minnesota State Patrol reĀ­sponded to 335 vehicles that had run off the road. There were an additional 201 crashes, 32 of which involved injuries, Grabow said.