Several injured in multiple crashes on icy I-94 near Jamestown
The crashes occurred on Wednesday.
JAMESTOWN - Several people were injured in multiple crashes involving more than 20 vehicles Wednesday, Nov. 9, on westbound Interstate 94 near Jamestown, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said. In one of the crashes, a Highway Patrol vehicle was struck while the trooper was investigating a crash.
Those injured were transported to Jamestown Regional Medical Center for injuries sustained in the crashes. The most serious injury was a broken leg, the patrol said.
The patrol said a patrol car was struck at 6:30 p.m. on the westbound lane at mile marker 260 at Jamestown. The trooper had witnessed a semi jackknife at this location, which was partially blocking the roadway. The trooper had parked on the scene of the crash with the emergency lights activated on the patrol vehicle. Shortly after stopping on the scene, the patrol car was struck by another passenger car. The trooper was outside the patrol vehicle at the time of the crash and had to jump into the median to avoid being struck. The trooper was not injured in the crash.
The Stutsman County Sheriff's Office is investigating the crash involving the NDHP patrol car.
Approximately seven additional crashes occurred at this same location in quick succession with approximately two dozen vehicles involved, the patrol said.
Westbound I-94 was closed from 6:30 to 10 p.m to allow for the investigation of crashes and recovery of all vehicles involved. The weather conditions at the time of the crash were a contributing factor. A fine mist was falling at the time and caused the roadway to ice over prior to the crashes.
The North Dakota Department of Transportation, Stutsman County Sheriff’s Office, Jamestown Police Department, Jamestown Fire Department and Jamestown Ambulance Service assisted at the scene. The NDHP and SCSO are working cooperatively on the crash investigations.
At about 9:30 a.m., the North Dakota Department of Transportation and North Dakota Highway Patrol announced they had reopened Interstate 29 northbound and southbound lanes from Fargo to Grand Forks. A no-travel advisory is in place for Grand Forks, Fargo and surrounding areas.