(Mandan, ND) --
The North Dakota Highway Patrol says the accident happened about five miles west of Mandan around 2:26 p.m on I-94. Troopers a pickup truck crossed the median and struck an oncoming semi with a trailer. The driver and passenger of the pickup, who were not wearing seatbelts, ejected from the vehicle. The driver and passenger were taken to a nearby hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the semi was not hurt in the incident.
The North Dakota Highway Patrol says the incident caused both westbound lanes of I-94 to be blocked for about 90 minutes. Troopers say the road was slick with snow that melted when it hit the highway that eventually refroze.
The incident is under investigation and charges are currently pending.