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Notorious Trouble Spots On Valley Roads

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When it comes to slippery roads, they can sneak up on you and can cause a lot of problems for drivers. There are numerous notorious spots in the area known to be dangerous. In any bad weather, of course, people need to turn their cruise control off and drive slower than the speed limit. But when you're out when the snow is falling, the wind is blowing and the roads are covered in ice, those precautions might not be enough.

It's been a tough day...

Ronald Tokach of Mandan says, "Patchy ice and they just want to blow you in the ditch."

And after that, his knuckles are as white as the snow he's driving on.

"It's out of control. It's just not worth it," says Tokach.

He's heading from Mandan to Minneapolis.

Tokach says, "I barely limped in here."

But instead, he's bunking up in Fargo for the night.

"I went out one interchange to the east, and turned and came back," says Tokach.

He's not the only one that's seen trouble spots.

Sgt. Troy Hischer with the North Dakota Highway Patrol says, "We're seeing a lot of cars in the ditch and instances of drivers getting caught unaware of conditions."

There are numerous tough spots in the valley, known for causes crashes. After talking with Minnesota and North Dakota Highway Patrol we've pinpointed these areas:

-I29 and I94 interchange
-I94 from Fargo to Casselton
-I94 near Valley City
-I94 near Jamestown
-I94 from Moorhead to Rothsay
-Highway 10 from Moorhead to Glyndon
-I29 just South of Fargo
-I29 just North of Fargo
-I29 near Hillsboro
-I29 near Buxton
-I29 near Reynolds
-Highway 2 from East Grand Forks to Crookston
-I29 just North of Manville
-I29 just South of Drayton
-I29 near Joliet

Many of which have been the location of dozens of crashes and cars in the ditch over the last few days.

"You are truly taking your life in your own hands when you come out here," says Sgt. Hischer.

No matter where you are, interchanges are very dangers. Conditions can change faster than your reactions can.

"These spots under the over heads are just notorious for being 20 foot stretches of ice," says Sgt. Hischer.

And these bad roads can lead to frustration...

"It's horrible," says Tokach.

So play it safe, slow down or stay home, that way you'll at least be safe and be able to vent about them.

Tokach says, "I'm getting to old for this. How can I explain it. There weren't enough cuss words for this."

Some of the biggest advice with those trouble spots; just don't drive. If the roads are closed or departments of transportation issue no travel alerts or advisories, that means you can be in danger on the roads. As of about 8:00 PM Monday, the North Dakota Highway Patrol says there have been an estimated 18 crashes and 50 cars in the ditch in Eastern North Dakota. The Minnesota Highway Patrol says statewide, there have been 68 crashes, one of which killed two people. There were also 136 cars in the ditch.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol says plows will be out early Tuesday morning to clear of interstates. I29 from Grand Forks to Canada is expected to be opened Tuesday between 6 and 10 AM.

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