Rollover accident injures at least one
Icy roads contributed to crash Wednesday on U.S. Highway 2 in which a Bemidji woman was seriously injured.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol out of Thief River Falls, Monika Tibbets, 63, of Bemidji, was a passenger in a vehicle heading west on U.S. Highway 2 north of the interchange with Fifth Street West when the driver lost control and rolled the vehicle into the median.
The driver of the vehicle has yet been identified; it is also unknown whether he or she was injured in the crash.
When the 1991 Dodge Dakota rolled, Tibbets became trapped and needed to be extricated from the vehicle, according to the State Patrol.
Tibbets, who was wearing her seat belt, was taken to North Country Regional Hospital, where she is in serious condition.
The Dodge Dakota was totaled, according to the State Patrol.
The rollover accident certainly was not the only accident in the area recently. In fact, a secondary crash occurred at the accident scene when a semi-truck lost control and ran into a Chevrolet Malibu, which hit a Chevrolet Uplander, which hit a Toyota Camry. The three passenger cars had been parked on the right side of the highway at the original accident scene. No one was injured in the second crash.
The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday issued a press release again reminding motorists to slow down and drive carefully.
According the Sheriff's Office, the recent snowfall and accompanying weather conditions have made roads treacherous.
Deputies recently have received numerous reports of cars in the ditch, spinouts and accidents, the release said.
The Sheriff's Office is asking motorists to "please slow down and drive according to conditions," the release said. The roads are slippery and there are temporary snow piles which limit drivers' ability to see around corners.