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Published December 24, 2010, 12:21 PM

Slippery Roads Slowing Down Southern Red River Valley Holiday Traffic

A number of accidents on area roads were reported this morning as conditions prove slippery for holiday travelers and shoppers. North Dakota Highway Patrol officers had responded to four rollovers and about 10 cars in the ditch as of 10 a.m.

By: Forum Communications Report,

FARGO – A number of accidents on area roads were reported this morning as conditions prove slippery for holiday travelers and shoppers.

North Dakota Highway Patrol officers had responded to four rollovers and about 10 cars in the ditch as of 10 a.m. in Cass, Richland and Traill counties, said Lt. Bryan Niewind.

Two of those rollovers, one of which sent a man to the hospital with minor injuries, occurred on Inter-state 29 near Fargo, Niewind said.

Roads remain icy, but Department of Transportation crews are out in force, Niewind said.

Drivers should avoid using cruise control and making quick lane changes. As always, motorists are encouraged to buckle up and slow down, he said.

Treacherous roads are also slowing down Minnesota travelers.

This morning, Minnesota State Troopers in northwest and central Minnesota responded to 12 vehicles off the road and another five crashes, said Trooper Jesse Grabow.

Roads remain icy and snow packed around the region, he said.

On Thursday, the Minnesota State Patrol responded to 335 vehicles that had run off the road. There were an additional 201 crashes, 32 of which involved injuries, Grabow said.

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