Snow hampers travel in parts of the DakotasTravel has been hampered in parts of the Dakotas as the states get their second measurable snowfall in a week and icy roads were blamed in a fatal accident north of Bowman, N.D. North Dakota officials have reopened Interstate 94 from Mandan to Dickinson. I-94 had been closed earlier today because of trucks blocking the road.
By: Forum Communications and Wire Reports,
BISMARCK — Travel has been hampered in parts of the Dakotas as the states get their second measurable snowfall in a week.
The Bismarck Tribune reports that North Dakota officials have reopened Interstate 94 from Mandan to Dickinson. I-94 had been closed earlier Thursday because of trucks blocking the road.
A cattle truck rolled on Interstate 94 about nine miles east of Glen Ullin at about 8 a.m. One person was transported to a Bismarck hospital.
Officers also reported a severe injury accident on U.S. Highway 85 between Amidon and Bowman, N.D., early this morning.
A car and truck collided, officers said. According to a Highway Patrol news release, a 21-year-old male passenger from Williston was killed and three other people were injured this morning after a northbound 1995 Jeep Laredo ran into a northbound 2012 Kenworth semi-truck on Highway 85, 11 miles north of Bowman.
Johnny Lucy, Fort Payne, Ala., was traveling north in a semi when Felipe Defavari, 22, Williston, attempted to pass him in the Jeep his car, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
The highway was covered with ice and snow, making it slippery and causing Defavari to lose control, according to the release.
Defavari’s Jeep slid into the semi’s rear end.
Eduardo Vinotti and Mike Naea of Williston along with Defavari sustained injuries were transported to the Bowman Hospital. Vinotti and Naea were later air lifted to a Bismarck hospital, according to the release.
Naea and the male passenger were not wearing seatbelts. The victim’s name was not released.
Lucy was not injured.
The crash is under investigation.
Officials in the state's Department of Transportation said this afternoon the highway between New Salem and Hebron is covered with rough, compacted snow and ramps may still be blocked.
Travel also was difficult in South Dakota, and some schools closed for the day.
The National Weather Service issued winter weather warnings and advisories early Thursday for parts of the two states. As much as 10 inches of snow had fallen in southwest North Dakota and as much as 14 inches in western South Dakota.
The article includes information from The Associated Press and The Dickinson Press. The Press and the Herald are Forum Communications Co. newspapers.
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