Icy roads cause tanker rollover near Gladstone
GLADSTONE -- Although Saturday afternoon turned out to be spring-like across much of western North Dakota, slick roads during the morning hours wreaked havoc for some motorists on Interstate 94 between Bismarck and Dickinson.
Four crashes along the stretch -- including a semi tanker rollover -- sent several people to the hospital for minor injuries, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. Ice-slicked conditions were apparently caused by a period of mid-morning freezing rain.
HP Sgt. Steve Fischer said Vernon Mendenhall of Colorado was ticketed for failing to take enough care for conditions after losing control of his semi while driving westbound on the interstate, causing the vehicle to roll over just west of the Gladstone exit near mile marker 70.
Fischer said a car driven by Angeline Ihli of Beulah collided with the tanker and that Ihli and a passenger in the vehicle were transported to St. Joseph's Hospital in Dickinson with "minor injuries." A cleanup crew remained at the site into the early evening Saturday tending to the cleanup of a liquid spilled as a result of the crash, which was on a slope leading to the Heart River.
"The information that we have is that a liquid substance used as animal feed was spilled," Fischer said. "With the river nearby, the cleanup crew wanted to make sure nothing seeped into the river."
The crash happened just before 10 a.m. Both Ihli and her passenger were wearing seatbelts, Fischer said.
Meanwhile, three more accidents occurred Saturday morning further east on I-94 near New Salem. A Wyoming woman was transported to St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck after her car rolled over near mile marker 108 while car operated by Brenda Stone also rolled over near mile marker 102. Both women were wearing seatbelts and escaped major injury, Fischer said.
The HP also reported a non-injury property accident near mile marker 108 after a vehicle rear-ended another. Dickinson Police Department Sgt. Mike Hanel said there were no vehicle accidents to report in the city as of mid-afternoon Saturday.
"The biggest thing we can tell people is to slow down when they notice the weather changing," Fischer said. "It's always best to watch for road conditions and adjust your speed accordingly. It's also a good idea to test your breaks if road conditions seem slick."
Area roads could become slippery again in coming days as mild temperatures are expected through Monday with a deep freeze forecast for Tuesday into Wednesday for Dickinson, according to AccuWeather.com. A high of -4 is predicted for Thursday.