Accidents add up
The Minot Police Department reported a total of 15 accidents, with two of them being injury accidents, in the city from midnight to about 5 p.m. Monday. Elsewhere in the county there were a total of 12 accidents with no injuries for the same time frame.
Following two days of temperatures above the freezing point, where much snow melted into puddles with some minor flooding along some back streets, the heavy snowfall and freezing rain experienced Sunday night and early Monday morning led to icy road conditions and heavy snow accumulation.
Gary Rolle, 69, Leeds, suffered a non-life-threatening injury in a crash at around 12:45 p.m. after he entered the path of a northbound pickup truck driven by Daryl Limieux, 47, Quincy, Fla., while attempting to turn south onto South Broadway from 17th Avenue Southwest. Rolle was cited for failing to yield at a stop sign, according to Minot police.
The first accident in Minot was called into Minot central dispatch at 12:42 a.m. A driver had struck a telephone pole which took out a power unit, temporarily disturbing power and lighting on West University Avenue.
Many other accidents were more benign. The majority of calls were of vehicles entering the ditch after sliding off the road, with one caller saying that her vehicle and about four to five others had entered the ditch along the 21900 block of U.S. Highway 83, south of Minot, shortly after midnight.
There were several vehicular rollovers in the town and county, including one crossover vehicle that had landed on its side off the southbound lane of U.S. Highway 83. The vehicle had landed on top of and crushed the stop sign at 30th Avenue Northwest where it intersects with Highway 83. Despite the presence of both a fire truck and a community ambulance, no injuries were reported in the crash and nobody was transported to the hospital.
Also along Highway 83, a call to Minot central dispatch reported that a semi-truck and trailer was jack-knifed holding up traffic in the early morning hours.
Another semi-truck and trailer slowed southbound traffic along South Broadway at around lunch time for about 35 to 40 minutes because it had trouble making its way up the incline. The driver of the truck put chains on his tires, but still required the assistance of a pick-up truck to travel up the incline.
Due to the holiday, the county highway department was unavailable for comment on the road conditions.