An unexpected snowstorm caused an accident at the Interstate 94 near 155th Ave. shortly after rush hour and left motorists stuck on the highway for 70 minutes.
Two cars and a truck wrecked at about 9:30 a.m. which left cars backed up about half a mile on both sides of the interstate.
The cars’ drivers are not injured, but the truck driver is being treated for minor injuries at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo.
“The ground froze fast last night when it was near zero,” said D. B. Dotty, 124 W. Breedlaw Rd., who witnessed the accident. “The concrete was so cold this morning that instead of melting, the snow turned to ice. Nobody expected it. It got slick all of a sudden.”
The National Weather Service at Fargo’s Hector International Airport stated that a narrow band of storm clouds rolled across central North Dakota, officially dumping just a tenth of an inch of snow. “We got a bit more than we expected,” said NWS spokesperson Todd Drizzle, adding that forecasters had expected “mere flurries.”
“I just pulled off my snow tires last week,” said John Washburn, a 22-year-old undergraduate at North Dakota State University, was uninjured after driving his white Geo Metro into a mailbox on Poplar Avenue. “I guess I’ll wait a few more weeks next year. Sure stinks to get stuck in the snow.”
Most of the 60 accidents occurred between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., a police spokesperson says.
Boone says many drivers had removed their winter snow tires and the dusting was enough to create conditions in which cars slid off the road.