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Forum staff reports, Published January 02 2014

Number of crashes in southeast ND, most in Fargo area, almost doubles month's average

FARGO – The North Dakota Highway Patrol said the number of crashes in December almost doubled the month’s average in the Southeast Region and most happened in the Fargo area.

Troopers responded to 209 crashes in December in the patrol’s Southeast Region, Highway Patrol Capt. Bryan Niewind said in a statement.

For the past five years, the Highway Patrol has responded to an average of 110 crashes during December, he said.

The majority of December crashes occurred in Cass County, with 147, and 126 of those crashes were in the Fargo metro area on Interstate 94 between Exit 343 and the Red River Bridge or on Interstate 29 between Exit 60 and Exit 69.

The Highway Patrol’s Southeast Region includes Traill, Cass, Richland, Steele, Barnes, Ransom, Sargent, Griggs, Stutsman, LaMoure, Dickey, Eddy, Foster, Logan and McIntosh Counties.

Of the 209 crashes, 178 were property damage only and 31 were injury crashes.

There were no fatal crashes, Niewind said.

Niewind said drivers continued to drive too fast for the winter conditions. Other factors that contributed to crashes included accelerating too quickly while merging into traffic, following too close and using cruise control on icy roads.