SISSETON, S.D. (AP) — Authorities have launched a rescue operation after a ground blizzard stranded more than 150 vehicles overnight on Interstate 29 in northeast South Dakota. There are no immediate reports of injuries.

Pat Culhane with Codington County Search and Rescue tells KWAT radio that five vehicles are out, including a snow cat, a large machine that runs on tracks like a military tank. He says motorists are being taken to a casino at Sisseton, a rest area at Wilmot and a truck stop in Summit.

Truck stop worker Janet Eastman says the stretch of interstate is roughly 16 miles, between the towns of Peever and Summit. She says it’s a valley where snow gets blown in and packs on the interstate.

The interstate is closed between Watertown and the North Dakota border.

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