Blizzard Blamed In Death of 1 Man and Injury of 4 Others - Valley News Live - KVLY/KXJB - Fargo/Grand Forks

Blizzard Blamed In Death of 1 Man and Injury of 4 Others

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 Our weekend blizzard turned deadly in the northern valley. A Canadian man was killed, while walking on Interstate-29 near Pembina, following an accident.

He is now identified as 53-year old John Geortz of Winnipeg. Geortz was driving his 2009 Chevrolet Uplander SUV when he was involved in a crash. Geortz got out of his vehicle to check on the other people involved in the crash, when he was struck by the semi and later died in the hospital.

Four other people were also injured in this crash. All four had exited a third vehicle involved in a separate crash when they were hit by another car.

Jason Romber and Paul Basila, both of Aurora Colorado, were treated and released from the Pembina County Hospital.

Robert Kimbal, 27, of Aurora Colorado is hospitalized for observation at the Pembina County Hospital. Thomas Howarth, 32, of Aurora Colorado was air flighted to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, His condition is unknown.

  David Wolf, ND Highway Patrol: "There was a separate crash between some vehicles. One of the drivers exited to check on another vehicle and was hit by a semi or the semi hit a vehicle that slid into him."

  The Patrol says overall, thirty cars hit the ditch on I-29 between Hillsboro and the Canadian border.

  Out here on Highway 2, the Patrol says three cars were in the ditch between Crookston and Grand Forks. One of those cars was driven by a woman, who ran out of gas.

Lt. Brad Norland, MN State Patrol: "The vehicle was stopped and she was getting cold. She was panicking. But, it's a good lesson for everybody else to make sure you have a full tank of gas and don't drive in the roads are bad."

   Meanwhile, truckers were able to get back on the road and clear out packed truck stops. A manager at the Grand Forks Flying J says they have 150 parking spots. But, at the height of the storm, they had over 200 trucks in their lot.

Reporter: "What were the roads like before you had to stop on Sunday?"

Bill Gruber, Trucker: "Horrible, horrible, really bad. At one point I was only going 25-miles per hour."

  And now, truckers like everybody else will have to deal with more, extreme cold.

Mamadou Diop, Trucker: "Yeah, my truck won't start now. I just shut it down for a few minutes to go inside. I came back and here you go."

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