Vehicles collide, pile up on I-94

2010-05-25T23:30:00Z Vehicles collide, pile up on I-94By LEANN ECKROTH Bismarck Tribune Bismarck Tribune
May 25, 2010 11:30 pm  • 

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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(8) Comments

  1. Just Curious
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    Just Curious - June 01, 2010 1:24 pm
    I wonder how many cheeks had cellphone imprints?
  2. Real Guy
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    Real Guy - May 28, 2010 1:15 pm
    Another illustration of how bad people's driving has become, not only in ND but everywhere. People just aren't paying attention at the wheel. There is so much yacking on the cell phone, texting, putting on makeup, doing hair, playing with music devices, etc all at the same time!. The actual driving has become a secondary activity while in the car.
  3. HanpaSunka
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    HanpaSunka - May 28, 2010 11:06 am
    North Dakotans in the BisMan area drive like maniacs. This has been just waiting to happen. I've driven in Chicago, LA, DC, & similar.. some of the craziest driving I've ever seen is here. I'm surprised no one was killed.. I wonder if anyone was crippled for the rest of their life? Sometimes, that's worse than 'dead'. I flag on construction projects & I know what the officers go thru.. the speed limit says "25" & they come thru at 40 & above.. & "flag" us when we stop them. I & the crews I flag for have had to dive off the work site more than once because of the brainiacs who drive around here. Don't know if everyone in ND drives like this, but 2 days ago, some rocket scientist "VIP" (Very Ignorant Person), passed me on a double yellow line next to the governor's mansion while blaring his horn.. & I was doing the posted speed. I can't help but wonder what the big rush was, ND660? You look old enough to be a great-grandfather.. so SHOULD have both more sense, & more consideration. And so should the rest of you.
  4. Snow Ball
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    Snow Ball - May 28, 2010 9:46 am
    A perfect example of law enforcement state and nation wide being under-staffed. They make good for they have, and could be better with more. Good job HP........ also, looking at the picture...I wonder what the pucker factor reading was for the drivers of the vehicles getting mashed into the barrier overlooking the river...LOL... I am pretty sure if it was me, the reading would have been close to, or at critical mass!
  5. FedUpFarmer
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    FedUpFarmer - May 26, 2010 5:57 pm
    And schooler, how many HP do you think are out patroling at one time. I was through there also and I thought they did a great job handling the situation. Look at all the vehicles that were involved and they were checking on the individuals that were in the vehicles that were damaged. Now we need to hire more HP to protect us against ourselves because we feel the need to gawk. There aren't that many accidents that involve so many vehicles!!
  6. Ramirez
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    Ramirez - May 26, 2010 9:27 am
    There should be more comments on this by now. Come on, this story has to do with driving. Where are all the experts????
  7. schooler
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    schooler - May 26, 2010 7:20 am
    driving eastbound on bridge at 5pm and NO ONE DIRECTING TRAFFIC! almost got into an accident ourselves..there was no one on that side of the road to direct the gawkers and lead people slowly into the one lane traffic. There was a fire truck that was on our side of the bridge... HP could have done a WAY better job directing wonder so many accidents! Glad no one was seriously injured
  8. Opinionated1
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    Opinionated1 - May 26, 2010 3:05 am
    The next possible location might be the west-bound lane at intersection of expressway and washington street, expressways planned improvement should be moved-up to this year. Many parts of expressway cannot last another year.
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