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SUV rolls on I-94 after hitting debris; Valley City woman hurt

Debris from the step system of a semi was blamed for helping to cause a crash on Interstate 94 by the Maple River bridge at mile marker 337 in Cass County on Monday, Oct. 23, the North Dakota Highway Patrol reported. Special to Forum News Service

CASSELTON, N.D. — A Valley City woman was injured when her SUV hit a large piece of debris and rolled on Interstate 94 at the Maple River bridge Monday afternoon, Oct. 23, the North Dakota Highway Patrol reported.

According to the report, issued Tuesday:

Margie Carlson, 39, was driving a 2018 Chevrolet Equinox westbound in the left lane of I-94 about 4:50 p.m. Monday when she came across the debris in the road. Because of traffic, Carlson wasn't able to swerve right to avoid it.

She tried to swerve left toward the median, but hit the debris and lost control of the vehicle.

The SUV then struck a guardrail on the east side of the Maple River bridge and rolled onto the driver's side, coming to a rest with the driver's side facing north.

Carlson was able to get out of the vehicle and was taken from the scene by a personal vehicle to seek treatment for minor injuries.

The patrol said the debris was a step system from the side of a semi tractor. It consisted of aluminum steps and fiberglass paneling about 12 to 14 feet long. The fiberglass was a light mint green color with a thin, darker green pinstripe down the center.

Anyone with information about the debris is asked to call (701) 328-1081.

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