UPDATE 9:30 A.M. Tuesday: I-94 closes near Barnesville after fatal crash on icy roads
More information has been released about a fatal crash that temporarily closed the westbound lanes on Interstate 94 near Barnesville Monday afternoon.
The accident, which happened at about 12:40 p.m., killed two people and seriously injured another. It involved three vehicles and a snowplow.
The victims who died are Judith Reid, 49, and Sean Ray, 49, both of Minnetonka. A passenger in their vehicle, Evan Ray, 16, of Minnetonka suffered serious injuries, according to the State Patrol.
The State Patrol said a Kenworth tractor driven by Leland Miller of Story City, Iowa was traveling in the left lane and a snowplow was plowing the right lane and ditch area when Reid tried to pass between the two in her Buick Park Avenue. The Buick struck the snowplow and the tractor. A fourth vehicle, a Dodge Ram driven by Charles Boyd of Stoughton, Saskatchewan, Canada, then crashed into the Buick.
The lanes were re-opened at about 3:30 p.m.
Road conditions are icy because of strong winds and steadily dropping temperatures.
Sergeant Jesse Grabow with the State Patrol told the Forum of Fargo Moorhead that poor visibility was likely a factor.
"That's the biggest problem," he said. "People are coming in way too fast with limited visibility."