Dozens of storm rescues made by North Dakota Highway Patrol

December 29, 2021

FARGO, N.D. (KFGO) – Highway Patrol Captain Bryan Niewind says troopers in the southeast region had their hands full during the winter storm.

From Sunday through Monday, prior to and after road closures, troopers responded to 41 rescue calls from stranded travelers. 35 people were taken to safety. Other vehicles were found abandoned. Those inside had been picked up by others. While on those calls for assistance, troopers found 24 other motorists needing help.

Troopers responded to a half-dozen crashes but there were no serious injuries. Monday, a trucker was found suffering from hypothermia after his truck shut down on I-29 near Wahpeton. He was taken to a hospital.

Niewind says on Monday, troopers cited about a dozen drivers for violating road closures, causing problems for DOT plows working to clear the highways.