Freightliner strikes snowplow outside Pembina

Neither driver was injured in the crash, and the plow was able to continue snow removal operations after the incident.

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Heavy snowfall caused low visibility in Grand Forks Thursday, April 2, as a winter storm created hazardous driving conditions across much of eastern North Dakota. Ken Chase / WDAY

Two people are uninjured after a Freightliner semi struck a North Dakota Department of Transportation snowplow Thursday, April 2, outside of Pembina.

Dean Melanson, 62 of Tourond, Manitoba, was driving a 2007 Freightliner semi north on Interstate 29 about four miles outside of Pembina around noon on Thursday, according to a release from North Dakota Highway Patrol. Kevin Kirkevy, 43, of Drayton, also was traveling north, actively performing snow removal activities in an NDDOT snowplow.

Visibility was reduced due to heavy blowing snow, according to the release, and Melanson struck the tow plow when he attempted to pass it, according to the release. Melanson's vehicle sustained damage to its right passenger side front tire, and was towed from the crash scene. The tow plow sustained minor damage and was able to continue snow removal operations after the crash.

Melanson was charged with care required, according to the release, and the crash remains under investigation by NDHP.

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