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Forum staff reports, Published March 05 2013

High number of crashes, rollovers reported after winter storm leaves area

FARGO – More than 150 vehicles crashed or ran off the road and required a tow near here after a winter storm moved through the area, leaving behind icy conditions Monday and Tuesday.

One person was injured near Kindred on Tuesday afternoon when a semi and pickup collided on Highway 46.

North Dakota Highway Patrol Capt. Brian Niewind said the driver of the pickup was taken to the hospital but was not seriously injured.

Identities of those involved in the crash will be released today, Niewind said.

During rush hour Tuesday, traffic was backed up on Interstate 29 near Fargo after a minor crash involving two semis and two passenger vehicles occurred. No one was injured.

Niewind said Tuesday evening that patrol officers were still dealing with accidents after about 25 were reported in the Fargo area. Niewind said there were no serious injuries in those crashes.

On the Minnesota side, the State Patrol said that between Monday and 5 p.m. on Tuesday, officers reported 74 vehicles had run off the roads. There were 53 crashes, 26 of which were rollovers. Eight crashes resulted in minor injuries. Two semis jackknifed.

On Monday night, a one-vehicle rollover crash injured two Fargo women on I-29 about 45 miles south of Fargo.

Lindsey Kessler, 20, and Mirela Bajic, 21, were taken by Hankinson Ambulance to St. Francis Healthcare Campus in Breckenridge, Minn., with non-life-threatening injuries, the Richland County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Deputies responded at 10:43 p.m. to the crash near the Great Bend exit on I-29.

A Pontiac driven by Kessler went off the icy road into the median and rolled, coming to rest on its roof.

Kessler and Bajic were wearing seat belts, and alcohol was not a factor in the crash, the sheriff’s office stated in a news release.

The Great Bend Fire Department also responded to the crash.