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Published March 12, 2011, 03:31 PM

ND Officials: Air Searches Underway for Stranded Drivers

The Civil Air Patrol, The ND Highway Patrol, and ND Game and Fish are continuing to conduct air search operations for possible stranded motorists on secondary roads.

The following information is from the North Dakota Joint Information Center:

The Civil Air Patrol, The ND Highway Patrol, and ND Game and Fish are continuing to conduct air search operations for possible stranded motorists on secondary roads.

Anyone with concerns that friends or family may still be stranded should contact their local law enforcement agency or 911.

Stranded motorists without cell coverage or cell phones should tie something bright on their vehicle that is visible from the air to facilitate the air search.

People who have vehicles still in the ditch should make arrangements for towing if possible.

People in shelters without a ride, should call 701-328-8127.

Many traffic crashes have yet to be reported and investigated. To report a blizzard related crash, please go to www.nd.gov/ndhp/contact-us and submit your contact information to the Highway Patrol office that is nearest to where you live. Those without internet access should contact their local law enforcement agency.

Motorists should be advised there are a number of abandoned vehicles on the shoulder of the roadway. Drivers are asked to slow down and use caution when encountering these vehicles to allow personnel who are working to remove them safe access. Motorists should also be aware that they may encounter one lane traffic in some areas due to this situation.

All travelers are encouraged to wear seat belts, monitor road conditions, reduce traffic speeds as weather conditions occur and use caution while traveling. For road information, call 511 from any type of phone or go to the website: www.dot.nd.gov.

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