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Rollover Backs Up Traffic on Red River Bridge

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Even just a light dusting of snow proves to be dangerous on the roads. For the second day in a row, vehicles rolled after flurries have fallen. 

Late Wednesday morning, a pickup driving from Minnesota crossing into North Dakota lost control on the Red River bridge and rolled. One of the westbound lanes was blocked off just after 11:00 a.m. and cars were backed up into Moorhead as the lunch hour approached.

Trooper Aaron Enzminger with the North Dakota State Patrol says when the snow falls bridge decks are the first to ice over since there is no ground underneath to keep the roadway warm.

"The snow on the roadways is causing them to ice up, especially on bridge decks due to the fact that they're colder underneath. The driver lost control, hit the bridge and rolled on top of the bridge."

The driver of the pickup, a 22-year-old from Ortonville, Minnesota, wasn't hurt and officers say it's likely because he was buckled up.

"Wear your seatbelts people," Enzminger stresses. "We can't emphasize enough, slow down, if it's snowing out the roads have glare, have a glare to them, a shine... that's ice you need to slow down, take your time and expect a little more time to get to your destination."

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