A series of collisions caused no serious injuries Tuesday afternoon, but they damaged nine vehicles in the area of the Grant Marsh Bridge, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
Troopers said the crashes were triggered when motorists were unable to react in time to slowed and diverted traffic.
Incidents included a six-car pile-up in the middle of the bridge, a pickup ramming a guard rail on Divide Avenue’s west-bound off-ramp, and two other vehicles colliding behind one another when they were unable to slow down in time for the delays. The crashes occurred after a piece of Interstate 94 buckled about one-half mile west of Grant Marsh Bridge shortly before 4 p.m.
The road was damaged just past where Bismarck Expressway merges onto I-94. Motorists reportedly didn’t respond in time despite authorities’ efforts to move traffic from the damaged road.
Two ambulances transported an unknown number of injured from the area.
Sgt. Robert Kennedy of the North Dakota Highway Patrol said Tuesday evening that the injured were treated and released.
He said the three incidents occurred sometime after 4:30 p.m.
Troopers had already diverted traffic and closed parts of road to allow state Transportation officials to make repairs.
Kennedy said impatient or distracted drivers caused the chain reaction.
“People were not taking their time,” he said. “We had been directing traffic for over one-half an hour when the crashes began.”
West-bound traffic was diverted to the north lane of I-94 for more than an hour.
A horse trailer carrying cattle was part of the six-vehicle pile-up.
Kennedy said none of the animals were seriously injured and they were loaded into a separate trailer.
Kennedy said Department of Transportation officials made needed repairs, but he did not know what caused the road damage.
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