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Forum staff reports, Published March 01 2012

Troopers respond to three accidents on icy patch of I-94 west of Casselton

FARGO – The North Dakota Highway Patrol responded to three accidents between 3 and 7 a.m. today on an icy stretch of Interstate 94 west of Casselton, including a rollover crash that sent four people to the hospital with minor injuries.

The accidents all occurred between the exits 314 and 324, the Buffalo and Wheatland exits, Sgt. Troy Hischer said.

“The road’s fine for 20 miles and all of a sudden there’s one patch of ice, and drivers aren’t prepared,” he said.

The vehicle that rolled was a Ford Sport Trac, Hischer said. All four occupants were taken to a Fargo hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

A pickup pulling a camper jackknifed, and the other accident involved an SUV pulling a trailer, he said.

Overall, interstates are in good condition, Hischer said.

“Drivers still have to be aware of scattered icy spots,” he said.