NDHP patrol car damaged, several people hospitalized in multi car crash near Jamestown

Photo by: North Dakota Highway Patrol
Photo by: North Dakota Highway Patrol

(Jamestown, ND) -- What started as a response to a single crash led to multiple cars getting involved in several accidents that resulted in parts of I-94 being shutdown for hours Wednesday night.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol tells WDAY Radio that a trooper originally witnessed a Semi jackknife near mile marker 260 in Jamestown around 6:30 p.m. Shortly after the trooper stopped to check on the semi, a separate car crashed into his patrol car, causing significant damage.

What followed was seven additional crashes at the scene, involving a total of two dozen vehicles. Several individuals were transported to the Jamestown Regional Medical Center for injuries sustained in the crashes. The most serious injury was a broken leg.

As a result of the backup, I-94 westbound was closed until 10 p.m. The NDHP says weather was a contributing factor in the litany of crashes.

Thr Stutsman County Sheriff's Office is investigating the initial crash into the squad car, and charges are pending.