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Emily Welker, Published February 02 2013

Snow-related crashes around metro keep police busy

FARGO – Saturday’s slippery snowfall served as a way for many metro-area drivers to meet. Or rather, for their cars to meet – somewhat unexpectedly.

Police responded to 20 minor crashes all over the city, including one four-vehicle crash at about 1:30 Saturday afternoon on 25th Street and 13th Avenue South. Police said every one of the four vehicles had to be towed away from the scene.

“It’s people coming in too fast from Argusville, and then they hit here where it’s snowy,” said North Dakota state Trooper Robert Armin, of the four crashes Saturday morning in Cass County alone.

Armin said another dozen cars had to be pulled out of the ditch, most of them from Harwood to the 52nd Avenue South corridor on Interstate 29. He said the crashes appeared to be centered most heavily around the West Acres mall area.

“People tend to forget – when you get blowing snow, it can get stuck and turn to ice,” Armin said. “The plows are just trying to keep up.”

The North Dakota State Patrol and the Transportation Department issued a no travel advisory mid-afternoon on Saturday and closed down the stretch of Interstate 94 between Mandan and Dickinson.

That advisory was lifted and the interstate was reopened approximately five hours later, around 7 p.m.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Emily Welker at (701) 241-5541