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Impatient drivers in whiteout cause ND, MN wrecks

Published 9:42am Tuesday, February 19, 2013

FARGO, N.D. — Wintry weather turned roads deadly in North Dakota and Minnesota, killing two people in a four-vehicle crash near Barnesville.

In North Dakota, I-94 was closed for about five hours Monday in a series of crashes leading to a 10-vehicle pileup. One wreck was caused by a motorist who drove around road closures to get onto the interstate.

Five people were treated at a Jamestown hospital for injuries.

In Minnesota, a fatal crash occurred about 11:30 a.m. A semi was westbound in the left land of I-94 as a Department of Transportation snowplow cleared the right lane. A motorist tried to drive between the vehicles, smashing into both.

National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Kaiser said that while temperatures will be “raw” this week, he expects clear conditions.