3 die in dust-storm highway crashes in Arizona

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Dust storm causes pile-up on Arizona highway

Dust storm causes pile-up on Arizona highway

PHOENIX– At least three people died on a dust-covered stretch of highway Monday when at least 10 vehicles collided in a series of accidents because of poor visibility, a spokesman for the Arizona Department of Public Services said.

Carrick Cook said it was unclear how many other people were injured during the dust-storm induced series of pileups that were flagged to CNN by Twitter.

Six tractor-trailers, one motor home and at least four cars were involved in one of the wrecks on Interstate 10 near Picacho Peak. That included one semi with its nose smashed back to the windshield. Another trailer appeared to have a car wedged underneath.

A pickup truck lay on its side ahead of the main entanglement of crashed commercial trucks and cars.

At least two helicopter crews were summoned to deal with the injured, Cook said.

Westbound traffic was being rerouted from the three-lane wide stretch to an adjacent side road.

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