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Four crashes with snow plows

A snow plow following an accident on U.S. Highway 10 on Wednesday east of Tioga, N.D. Submitted

There were four reported crashes involving snowplows on Wednesday and Thursday, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

Three of the crashes occurred on Wednesday and all were on U.S. Highway 2, the patrol said. Two crashes occurred near Tioga and a third near Towner, the patrol said.

A crash on Thursday involving a snowplow occurred on U.S. Highway 85 south of Williston. No injuries were reported in any of the four crashes.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation said motorists should use caution and allow a safe traveling distance behind snowplows. When driving near a plow NDDOT recommends reducing speed and maintaining double the normal following distance.

Motorists are urged to not drive through whiteouts or snow fog caused by crosswinds or plowing of snowdrifts. Snowplow operators will pull over and stop when it is safe to allow traffic to pass. It is important to know where the plow is on multi-lane roadways, the NDDOT said. The plow could be in either lane or on the shoulder.

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