Weather Forecast


Fatal snowfall: Snowy conditions the culprit behind two accidents

Bernie Marsh, owner of Bernie's Esquire Club in Dickinson, sweeps snow off the sidewalk in front of his establishment Thursday.

Snow late Wednesday into Thursday in the Dickinson area caused slippery conditions, travel difficulties and injury accidents, including one that was fatal, officers said.

Arthur Meyer, the 21-year-old male passenger from Williston, was killed after a car collided with a semi on Highway 85 about 11 miles north of Bowman at about 8:30 Thursday morning, according to a press release.

Johnny Lucy, 51, Fort Payne, Ala., was traveling north in a semi when Felipe Defavari, Williston, attempted to pass him in his car, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

The highway was covered with ice and snow, making it slippery. Defavari lost control of his vehicle, and it slid into the semi's rear end, according to the press release.

Eduardo Vinotti, 21, and Mike Naea, 22, both of Williston, sustained injuries and were transported to the Bowman Hospital. Vinotti and Naea were later air-lifted to a Bismarck hospital, according to the release.

Naea and the male passenger were not wearing seatbelts.

Lucy was not injured.

The crash is under investigation.

There was also a weather-related incident on Interstate 94 Thursday morning.

A cattle truck rolled roughly 9 miles east of Glen Ullin at about 8 a.m. One person was transported to a Bismarck hospital, North Dakota Highway Patrol Capt. Kyle Kirchmeier said Thursday.

No other details were available Thursday.

The westbound lanes of Interstate 94 were closed between Mandan and Dickinson Thursday morning and a no travel advisory was lifted at about 10:30 a.m.

Approximately 3 inches of snow fell in the Dickinson area, and it was the first significant snowfall in southwest North Dakota in 2012.

The eastern Montana Highway Patrol reported a few minor vehicle incidents.