Dust Storm Causes Major Pile-Up In Washington


By Brian Neudorff

Near Kennewick, Washington ( KEPR-TV ) Officials say over 50-cars were involved in a major pile up crash. Forcing them to close down eye-82, just pass the 395 connector, near the Locust Grove Road exit.

Visibility was practically down to nothing. As what's being called a huge dust storm swept across the highway. Some drivers slowed down...causing others to slam into them. Emergency crews from around the Tri-cities made their way out there.

So far..26-minor injuries were reported. Mostly cuts, scrapes and soreness. A total of seven people were loaded up into ambulances and taken to the hospital. E-M-T's say nobody suffered any critical injuries.
Washington State Patrol and the department of transportation quickly closed down the highway ahead of the pile-up in both directions of the highway.

They even closed down eye-82 near Badger Mountain Road before it connects to the 395...trying to stop cars heading that way.

Sgt. Bob Brockman of the Benton County Sheriff’s office points out, "The dust in the air is currently the big problem, the visibility is just about zero."

“This really wasn't expected obviously, so, don't know how long it's going to go. It's Mother Nature and it's hard for us to predict Mother Nature," said Capt. Devin Helland, Benton County Fire.

The highway was closed for over four hours as crews cleared all those cars.

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