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Tractor-trailer rear-ends snowplow, disrupting traffic

BUXTON, N.D.—A tractor-trailer rear-ended a snowplow Thursday morning on Interstate 29, near Buxton and caused a three-hour traffic interruption, a press release from the North Dakota State Patrol said.

Gregory Little, 44, of Blaine, Minn., was northbound in a 2012 Freightliner tractor-trailer when he entered snow fog caused by a plow around 9:35 a.m., the release said.

Brian Foss, 45, of Hillsboro, N.D., was removing snow in a 2014 International Truck, which is a North Dakota Department of Transportation snowplow, on the left-hand side of the northbound lanes, according to the release. Little was temporarily blinded by the snow fog and struck the back of the plow, the release said.

Both trucks were damaged but remained on the roadway, the release said. Foss had minor injuries, but Little was not hurt. The release said Little was cited for careless driving causing injury to an operator of snow removal equipment and damage exceeding $1,000.

The left lane of the northbound traffic was closed for about three hours before both vehicles could be removed, the release said. An investigation with the North Dakota Highway Patrol is ongoing.

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