BISMARCK, ND (KXNET) — UPDATE: 11:40 a.m.: The Bismarck Police Department reports the closed portion of Bismarck Expressway is open once again to traffic.
Police say around 3:15 a.m., a dump truck turned from 18th Street South onto East Bismarck Expressway without lowering the dump part of the truck. As a result, the dump part hit several lines overhead at the intersection, affecting several power and service lines and poles.
The crash forced the closure of Expressway from 12th Street South to Airport Road.
Both Montana-Dakota Utilities and Midco worked to repair their respective lines and traffic was re-opened shortly before noon.
The 34-year-old driver of the dump truck was not injured in the incident. He was, however, cited for “care required.”
ORIGINAL STORY 7:52 a.m.:
Bismarck Expressway from 12th Street to Airport Road is closed due to a traffic crash. Some power lines were affected as well.
According to a post on the Bismarck Police Department Facebook page, Montana-Dakota Utilities and other organizations are on scene to get power restored and re-open traffic lanes.
No timeline has been set as to when things will return to normal.
You are asked to use alternate routes around the area while work is being done.
People responding to the police department post claim a truck similar to a garbage truck or gravel truck is on its side, near several downed powerlines.
Traffic near the crash site is reportedly backing up.