Dust storm causes chain reaction crash, killing 6

Updated: 05/23/2014 5:34 PM | Created: 05/23/2014 11:18 AM
By: Kai Porter, KOB Eyewitness News 4

New Mexico State Police say a dust storm that limited visibility to almost nothing on Thursday evening caused a chain reaction crash on I-10 in Hidalgo County, killing six people.

According to state police, three passenger vehicles, an RV and three semi trucks were involved. The lead vehicle suddenly stopped on the interstate near milepost 6, causing a chain reaction of rear-end collisions.

The collisions resulted in the vehicles catching on fire.

Three passenger vehicles and three semi trucks burned completely. The RV sustained some burn damage.

The exact sequence of events is still under investigation.

State police will not release the identities of the deceased until all next of kin have been notified. 

The roadway where the collisions took place sustained damage due to the vehicle fires. The speed limit in that area will be reduced at this time.

If you find yourself driving into a dust storm, experts say you should pull over, put the car in park, turn off your lights, apply the emergency brake and take your foot of the brake pedal. If you don’t, other drivers may try to follow your brake lights and rear end your vehicle.

If you can’t pull over, drive slowly and honk your horn to warn other drivers about your location.

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Photo: New Mexico State Police
Photo: New Mexico State Police
Photo: New Mexico State Police

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