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Accidents up in area

A vehicle rear-ended a North Dakota Highway Patrol squad car on Interstate 29 in Fargo on Thursday morning, Dec. 28. Special to Forum News Service

Winter has set in and so has accident season.

The West Fargo Police Department reported more than 100 accidents by late December, adding to a total of more than 500 in the metro area.

Fargo Police Department has posted the number of accidents involving injuries and property crashes for the months of November and December.

In the month of November, West Fargo Police Department reported 65 non-injury accidents and seven with possible injuries in November. In December, there were 99 accidents as of Dec. 28. Of those, 10 accidents involved possible injuries.

In Fargo, there were 391 property accidents and 39 injury accidents in November. In December, there were 591 property accidents and 52 injury accidents.

Across the state, North Dakota Highway Patrol has been busy responding to accidents and spin outs as well, including one involving a patrol car.

A vehicle headed north on an icy stretch of Interstate 29 shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, lost control and struck the rear of a trooper's squad car, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

The trooper was investigating another crash at the time, and his squad car was parked with emergency lights flashing on the median shoulder just north of the Main Avenue exit in Fargo, patrol Capt. Bryan Niewind said in a statement.

The Cass County Sheriff's Office is investigating the crash. No one was hurt, Niewind said.

Troopers dealt with seven other crashes and numerous spinouts into ditches Thursday morning in Fargo, Niewind said. No injuries were reported in those crashes either.

The patrol said drivers during the winter need to slow down, not use cruise control and drive in accordance with road conditions.

With arctic temps here to stay, police are warning parents to also look out for their children and pets.

Symptoms of frostbite can hit within minutes in this weather.

If children do want to play outside, make sure to dress them in snowsuit with gloves and hats.

And anyone who enjoys the outdoors during this time of year, needs to know when to call it quits.

Police say you should also store extra clothing and blankets in your car when it gets this cold.

It's not just children you should watch for, but also furry friends.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals recommends washing your dog's paws after walking them.

It helps remove ice, salt and chemicals.

You should also keep baths to a minimum.

The water and soap could dry out your pet's skin.

Wendy Reuer

Wendy reports for The Forum and West Fargo Pioneer, where she is also assistant editor. A University of Minnesota Morris graduate from North Dakota, Wendy started her career in television news and entertainment in Minnesota and at CBS in Television City, Calif. before working at newspapers in Minnesota and North Dakota. 

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