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ND Highway Patrol: Barnesville woman cited for careless driving after rear-ending squad car

WEST FARGO — A North Dakota Highway Patrol squad car was rear-ended on Interstate 94 the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 20.

Around 8 p.m., a call was dispatched to I-94 near mile marker 344 in West Fargo.

Capt. Bryan Niewind said the trooper, Joshua Page, was parked on the westbound median shoulder with emergency lights activated when responding to a previous call of a pickup truck and trailer in the ditch.

A tow truck was working to remove the truck from the ditch when another vehicle came upon the scene in the left lane, making a hard break application and losing control before rear-ending the squad car.

The driver, 20-year-old Tabetha Fenner, of Barnesville, Minn., was cited for careless driving and taken to Essentia Hospital with minor injuries. Niewind said Page was not injured.

Page attempted to avoid the collision by putting his vehicle in drive as he observed Fenner approaching from behind, Niewind said.

"Anytime you see emergency lights flashing ahead of you — in the middle of summer or winter — there is something going on up ahead so you should be preparing yourself prior to getting where those lights are at," he said.

As for the crash the trooper was responding to prior to being rear-ended, there were no injuries when the truck and trailer jackknifed in the median.

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