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Published December 06, 2013, 03:36 PM

Woman injured as 9-vehicle pileup on I-94 snarls traffic

FARGO – Nine vehicles were involved in a chain-reaction pileup on an icy stretch of Interstate 94 Friday morning, injuring a woman and tangling traffic for more than an hour, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

By: Archie Ingersoll, INFORUM

FARGO – Nine vehicles were involved in a chain-reaction pileup on an icy stretch of Interstate 94 Friday morning, injuring a woman and tangling traffic for more than an hour, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

The crashes happened about 9 a.m. in the westbound lanes near the Red River bridge.

North Dakota Trooper Scott King said he initially responded to a report of vehicles that had spun out on the west end of the bridge.

“Just after I arrived, numerous accidents started happening behind us,” King said. “People were just driving too fast for the conditions.”

King said there were six or seven accidents that involved a total of nine vehicles. Numerous other drivers spun out or went into the ditch but were able to drive away without help, he said.

One woman was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not serious, the trooper said.

The scene of the pileup stretched from North Dakota into Minnesota. The crashes caused a significant backup, and it wasn’t until shortly before 10:30 a.m. that authorities were able to open all lanes of traffic.

King said road conditions are generally good but that the Red River bridge has proven troublesome for drivers. On Thursday morning, a two-vehicle crash in the westbound lanes near the bridge backed up traffic for a couple of miles.

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