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Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 3:19pm
El Paso, TX (KDBC/CNN) — UPDATE:
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.
Westbound I-10 is closed in Arizona Tuesday afternoon following multiple crashes in the Picacho Peak area, according to Arizona Department of Transportation. The crashes are believed to be a result of a massive dust storm that blew through the area Tuesday afternoon.
The crashes have resulted in at least one fatality between mile marker 214 and 216, south of the Phoenix area. Arizona Department of transportation has closed westbound lanes of I-10 and two lanes of eastbound I-10. Multiple semi-trucks and other large profile vehicles can be seen among the wreckage.
AzDot has not indicated when the interstate will reopen, as they are actively working to clear the scene.