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Section of I-10 at New Mexico-Arizona border re-opened

Section of I-10 at New Mexico-Arizona border re-opened

The Associated Press
June 21, 2017 07:55 PM

LORDSBURG, N.M. (AP) - A section of Interstate 10 near the New Mexico-Arizona border has re-opened after being closed for a few hours due to high winds and blowing dust in the Lordsburg area.

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New Mexico Department of Transportation officials say traffic was diverted onto U.S. 70 after visibility became low in the Lordsburg area Wednesday afternoon.

A sudden dust storm Monday evening in the Lordsburg area resulted in a 25-vehicle pileup that left six people dead including a Phoenix couple and their 9-month-old daughter.

The high winds and limited visibility caused 18 commercial trucks and seven passenger cars to crash on westbound Interstate 10.

The stretch of highway near rural Lordsburg has seen other deadly crashes and closures due to similar conditions stemming from the desert landscape and a dry lakebed.

Mobile users can click here to see a Google Map of the affected area.

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