6 dead after dust storm causes car crash in Hidalgo County

New Mexico State Police
Friday, May 23, 2014 - 12:22pm

Six people are dead after seven vehicles crashed in Hidalgo County because of a severe dust storm, New Mexico State Police said.

It happened around 5:30 p.m. on the I-10 at about the 6 mile post.

Three passenger cars, one recreational vehicle (RV) and three Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMV) were involved.

A sudden dust storm that limited visibility to almost nothing caused the first car to stop abruptly, causing a chain reaction of rear end collisions, according to police.

The three cars and CMV's caught on fire and burned completely. The RV sustained some burn damage as well.

The crash is still under investigation.

Police say it will not released the names of the deceased until their families have been notified.

The roadway is damaged because of the car fire so officials urge to exercise caution when driving in this area. 

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