Dash cam videos show cars crashing into highway patrol vehicles
Slick driving conditions on Wednesday led to a few wrecks along interstates around Fargo-Moorhead.
Highway troopers are normally the first on scene of accidents, yet dash cam videos obtained by Valley News Live show recent incidents where North Dakota Highway Patrol troopers nearly became the victims.
On November 8, 2019, a highway trooper responded to a car crash in Walsh County on Interstate 29.
Minutes after the trooper gets on scene, he's hit by one vehicle. Seconds later, another vehicle rear ends him.
The trooper was taken to a Grand Forks hospital and treated for minor bruising.
December 14, 2019, a trooper was rear-ended on the Red River Bridge while controlling traffic.
According to highway patrol, most of the accidents caused on interstates tend to happen because people are not giving the car in front of them enough room and/or they're driving too fast.
“During the winter especially, you need to slow down and move over for emergency vehicles,” trooper Joshua Page said.
Page has been working at NDHP for the last five years.
On December 13, Page was involved in a scare while responding to a crash in West Fargo along I-94 on the Sheyenne Diversion Bridge.
“Anywhere there's a bridge, the road freezes up faster than the rest of the roadway. I had a couple of crashes involving the bridges,” Page said.
At the time of the wreck, Page’s emergency lights were active.
“I was kind of in the zone trying to make sure I was getting out the way, I wasn't going to get ran over,” Page said of the incident. "After the adrenaline went away, it was a little scary.”
These accidents serve as reminder that lives can be lost on the roads, even for those meant to serve and protect, according to troopers.
The drivers involved in those crashes were cited.