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Published January 31, 2012, 09:31 PM

Wintry Mix Causes Trouble Around Region

GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Last night's wintry mix caused some trouble for people all over the region. In Grand Forks, the rain had turned to ice this morning, causing many people to fall or lose control of their car.

GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Last night's wintry mix caused some trouble for people all over the region.

In Grand Forks, the rain had turned to ice this morning, causing many people to fall or lose control of their car.

The rain that had iced over appeared like black ice, so people really had no clue if they were stepping on shoveled pavement or driving on slippery roads until it was too late.

"A little bit of a fishtail just turning the corner, it didn't really look like there was any ice but I was just surprised because it was just the glisten," said Kristin Narveson, who battled icy conditions.

That was the scene around town until about 2 p.m. when the ice melted and turned into slush. Until then, you were lucky if you didn't slide right through a red light.

"Just driving I had to go so slow because it was just scary," said Narveson.

"Slippery, really slippery, it's very slick," said Tori Pearson, who slipped on the ice.

Unfortunately slick roads kept the paramedics busy.

"Orthopedic injuries, fractured ribs, injured backs, we've had some serious injuries today," said Altru Paramedic, Al Hager.

Paramedics recommend shoe grippers in conditions like this to prevent those dangerous falls. Paramedic, Al Hager even gave his pair away to someone who was having trouble walking.

"They're stepping down from the curb or from one step to the other thats caused most of the injuries today," said Hager.

Grand Forks wasn't the only place where roads were slippery. A pickup and Semi crashed four miles south of grafton, two semis jacknifed 8 miles north of Dunseith, and a Chevy Trailblazer hit a snowplow on Highway 2. Altru had more than 30 patients come to the emergency room due to injury from walking or driving in icy conditions.

"Even though we have icy conditions and at times treacherous, we look out, we're careful, but we continue business as usual," said Altru Ambulance Manager, Art Culver.

Although most of the ice has now melted, paramedics say to still be careful at night since most of the slush has now iced back over.

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