Area sees several slide-offsVehicles stuck and rolled over in ditches have been a common sight in the area over the past few weeks and Tuesday was much the same as area law enforcement responded to at least a dozen incidents.
Vehicles stuck and rolled over in ditches have been a common sight in the area over the past few weeks and Tuesday was much the same as area law enforcement responded to at least a dozen incidents.
Sgt. Will Vance said by 4 p.m. Tuesday the North Dakota Highway Patrol responded to six incidents, including four rollovers. The patrol also responded to two slide-offs without vehicle damage.
No one was hurt and all incidents occurred between Dickinson and Richardton “because of the road being ice-covered.”
“They have to slow down and be aware that the road surface can change suddenly,” Vance warns drivers.
On Monday an 89-year-old man died when he crashed his car into the back of a tractor about a mile south of Halliday, according to a NDHP press release issued Tuesday.
Joseph Schweitzer of Halliday was killed when he drove into the rear of a tractor and went into a ditch. The tractor’s driver was not injured, according to the release.
In Dickinson Tuesday, Miranda Huether of Dickinson got off of work and was driving down Villard when an elderly woman allegedly missed a stop sign and pulled out in front of her, she said.
Huether swerved, running into a light pole next to the Community Action building. She was not injured.
This was one of about seven vehicle accidents in the city that the Dickinson Police Department responded to Tuesday, Senior Patrolman Corey Lee said at about 3 p.m. Though some passengers were bounced around, no one was injured in the incidents.
Witnesses also told Lee an elderly woman pulled in front of Huether and he said the elderly driver may get a ticket.
Lee said it’s rare, and he can’t remember a time, that the department has gone a day without at least one accident.
“All could be prevented with a little more caution,” he said.
The Stark County Sheriff’s Department and NDHP jointly responded to one incident Tuesday. Otherwise as of about 5 p.m., Stark County had no accident-related calls, according to the department.
When asked how law enforcement responds to calls in poor conditions, Vance said, “If we have to take our time to get to a call we do because if we don’t make it, it does no good.”