On Tuesday, Dec. 17 at approximately 7:10 a.m., a trooper from the NDHP was assisting a motorist who had slid into the ditch on I-29 near mile marker 139.
The trooper requested a tow truck for the individual and stayed on scene to provide traffic control. The roadways in the area were icy due to blowing snow. A northbound pickup lost control and slid into the rear end of the patrol car that was parked on the shoulder of the roadway with emergency lights activated. This impact pushed the patrol car sideways on the shoulder. A second rear-end crash occurred on the roadway and one of those vehicles slid into the front end of the disabled patrol car. The trooper was treated and released from Altru Hospital. The other drivers involved were not injured.
The crash is currently under investigation by the Grand Forks Sheriff's Office.