Two accidents occur at a construction site near Jamestown on Friday – Jamestown Sun

JAMESTOWN – Two crashes occurred on Interstate 94 at a construction site near Jamestown on Friday evening, May 17, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

In a press release, the patrol announced that there was an accident involving two vehicles near kilometer 261 around 7 p.m. At the time of the accident the road was dry and it was not raining. The area of ​​the accident was in a construction zone and eastbound traffic was diverted to the westbound lanes in a head-to-head configuration.

The patrol said a 2021 Nissan Rogue, driven by 21-year-old Alessandra I. Reynolds of West Fargo, North Dakota, was traveling eastbound in the transition zone, heading back toward eastbound I-94 when it hit several “Big Sandy” impact damper cylinders and the vehicle overturned. The vehicle came to rest southbound in the transition lane to eastbound I-94, blocking traffic.

Debris from the barrel attack spilled into the westbound lanes, where a 2007 Cadillac was struck.

The driver, Carmen McBride, 68, of Jamestown, was not injured.

Both drivers were wearing seatbelts. Reynolds suffered minor injuries as a result of the accident. She was treated at the scene by Jamestown Area Ambulance and transported to Jamestown Regional Medical Center. She was cited for careless driving, police said.

At approximately 7:25 p.m., a second accident occurred west of this location on I-94 in the construction area.

At this point the road was wet and it was raining. A 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee, driven by Cora Smith, 30, of Golden Valley, North Dakota, was traveling eastbound on I-94. She slowed down because of traffic, which had slowed in the first accident when her vehicle was struck by a semi-truck. Her vehicle came to a stop in the westbound lane heading northwest.

The driver of the 2023 Volvo truck, Robert Dieterle, 79, of Bismarck, continued eastbound and crashed into a second vehicle. The tractor-trailer was blocked in the eastbound lane.

The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica, driven by Laura E. Thiel, 48, of Powell, Wyoming, flipped after becoming stuck to the tractor-trailer. The vehicle came to a stop facing west. Thiel had two passengers, Kenneth Reyerson, 85, and Kjellaug Reyerson, 80, of Sharon, North Dakota. Dieterle, Thiel and the Reyersons were not injured. Smith was treated for his minor injuries by Jamestown Area Ambulance and transported to JRMC.

The investigation against Dieterle has not yet been completed, the patrol said.

Traffic on I-94 was closed for about an hour while crews worked to remove vehicles and clear the roadway of debris from both crashes.

Other agencies that responded included the Stutsman County Sheriff's Office, Jamestown Police Department, Jamestown Fire and Rescue and the North Dakota Department of Transportation.

Both accidents remain under investigation by the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

By Jamestown Sun Staff Report

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