Two multi-car crashes were reported within hours of each other on U.S. Highway 2 near Grand Forks Thursday, July 1.
The crashes occurred in a work zone near the intersection of U.S. Highway 2 and Airport Road, where both eastbound and westbound traffic are head to head sharing the normal eastbound lanes.
The first crash occurred around 2:35 p.m. about 2.5 miles west of Grand Forks.
According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, 41-year-old Heather Henson, of Grand Forks Air Force Base, and Grant Barker, 24, of Prior Lake, Minn., were driving their vehicles west on U.S. Highway 2. They were stopped in traffic for a red light and congestion due to the lane reduction.
Barker was stopped in the Toyota behind Henson’s Ford, according to the crash report.
The report claimed Betty Metcalf, 54, of Emerado, was driving a Chrysler west on US Highway 2 and failed to observe traffic stopped ahead. The front of the Chrysler struck the rear of Barker’s Toyota, which pushed the front of the Toyota in the rear of Henson’s Ford.
Henson and her passengers, as well as Barker, were uninjured. Metcalf was transported by ambulance to Altru Hospital with minor injuries.
Westbound traffic was impeded for approximately 45 minutes.
The crash remains under investigation by the Highway Patrol.
The report shows pending driving under the influence charges for Metcalf.
Another three-car crash happened about two hours later along the same stretch of road.
Kadin Visocsky, 20, of Grand Forks; Kayle Longtine, 26, also of Grand Forks; and Wesley Wolfgram, 86, of Niagara, N.D., were driving their respective vehicles east around 4:25 p.m. on Highway 2 about 3.5 miles west of Grand Forks.
Wolfgram and Longtine were slowing for traffic ahead as they approached the intersection with Airport Road, according to the NDHP report. The report said Visocsky was unable to adequately slow his vehicle in time to avoid a collision. The front of his GMC struck the rear of the Chevrolet driven by Longtine, and the front of the Chevrolet was pushed into the rear of the Subaru driven by Wolfgram.
No occupants were injured.
Visocsky is facing potential charges of following too closely, according to the accident report.
The vehicles were moved to the shoulder after the collision, and traffic was not obstructed as a result of this crash.
The NDHP, Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office, Altru Ambulance, Thompson Fire and Grand Forks Airport Fire responded to the first crash. The NDHP and GFSO responded to the second crash.