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One dead in accident north of Dickinson

Dickinson residents woke up to a dusting of snow and slippery roads on Thursday morning, causing accidents and several cars into the ditches along busy highways in the area.

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Dickinson residents woke up to a dusting of snow and slippery roads on Thursday morning, causing accidents and several cars into the ditches along busy highways in the area.

Lt. Steven Fischer, with the North Dakota Highway Patrol, said mist, snow and probably some light rain helped to make the roads a bit slicker than normal from around Hebron to Dickinson and then north.

"Our officers actually responded to probably six or seven crashes this morning between the Hebron and Dickinson area because of the slick road conditions," he said.

Multiple vehicles, which did not sustain damage or injury to the occupants, also slid into the median/ditch in this area. In addition to these crashes, a two-vehicle, head-on fatality crash occurred on Highway 22 about 12 miles north of Dickinson Thursday morning.

In that crash a 63-year-old Manning man, driving a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado, was headed southbound on Highway 22 while a 69-year-old Dickinson man, driving a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado, was headed north toward Killdeer. According to the NDHP, the Dickinson man "lost control on the ice-covered roadway and crossed into the southbound lane of travel." The vehicles then collided. The 2005 Silverado left the roadway and came to rest in the west ditch, according to the NDHP report. The occupants of the two vehicles had to be extricated from their vehicles after the crash.

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The Manning man was transported to CHI St. Alexius Dickinson and later life flighted to CHI St. Alexius Bismarck. The driver and passenger of the 2002 Silverado were transported to CHI St. Alexius Dickinson where the passenger, an 81-year-old man from East Point, Ga., was pronounced dead, the NDHP said.

All occupants were wearing seat belts.

The names of those involved will be released upon notification of next of kin. The crash remains under investigation by the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

The NDHP encourages people to slow down and be aware of the changing road conditions.

"Due to changing winter weather which can directly affect road conditions, all motorists are asked to be aware of inclement winter weather, drive cautiously and slow down where necessary, and plan their trip in advance to arrive safely due to inclement weather and road conditions," the patrol said.

The patrol also encouraged people to wear seatbelts and limit distractions in the car.

Al Heiser, roads superintendent for Stark County, said his team is ready for the upcoming winter and sent trucks to help the slippery conditions on Thursday morning.

"Drive safe," Heiser said. "I think people have to remember that it's wintertime. I think people kind of forget and people leave their homes at a normal time but it can get icy and you need to give yourself a little extra time for when it's icy conditions."

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Jeff Schild, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Bismarck, said by Friday morning there's a "pretty good chance Dickinson could see some snow." He said there is a better chance of snow north of Dickinson on Saturday. Dickinson could get around 1 inch on Saturday and areas north of Highway 200 could get about 3 to 6 inches. High temperatures could hang around the mid-20s on Sunday and Monday.

"It's good to have your winter survival kit packed in your car," Schild said. "If you end up in the ditch it's nice to have a blanket and something to eat and something to stay warm until someone gets you."

Road condition information can be obtained by calling 511 or visiting the NDDOT travel information map at www.dot.nd.gov .

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