Williston ambulance slides into water south of Minot, no one hurt

WARD COUNTY, N.D. – A paramedic crew transporting a patient from Williston to Bismarck hit black ice on Highway 83, roughly 20 miles south of Minot, and slid into a watery slough early Friday morning, according to the Ward County Sheriff.

Sheriff Bob Roed tells Your News Leader the crew was headed south on Highway 83 near mile marker 178 around 1 a.m., when they crashed through ice into a slough.

The ambulance became partially submerged, and paramedics busted the side windows of the ambulance to get themselves and the patient out.

Roed said the patient and the three staff members were not hurt, other than getting cold and wet. He says the patient was treated for hypothermia as a precaution.

He said road conditions were slippery at the time of the accident.

New Town and Max ambulance crews responded to the scene and transported the patient the rest of the way to Bismarck.