Dust storm causes accidents on Interstate 15



IDAHO FALLS, Idaho -- A dust storm caused several accidents on Friday morning and forced the closure of parts of Interstate 15. The road reopened around 4:15 p.m.

Just before 10 a.m., the Idaho State Police responded to reports of an accident in the southbound lanes of I-15 north of Osgood. As the severity of the dust storm became apparent, the Idaho Transportation Department and ISP worked to close the freeway.

Imagine a wall of dust so thick, it swallows cars, houses and roads. Imagine those roads so covered in flying specks of sand and dirt, there's no way to tell which way to turn.

"This year is the first year we've seen these kind of dust storms this late in the year."

Getting the stretch of I-15 closed was important. Somewhere inside the thick whirlwind of dust was a three car accident. Our cameras caught one of those cars, a Cadillac DeVille, on the back of a wrecker driving through town on Friday afternoon.

"ITD still has to sweep the road," said Cox. "There's some areas with several inches of dust on the road. And then also, there's still cars out there that need to be removed."

ISP said they ticketed at least one driver going over 70 mph through the blockades who could have smashed into the cars involved in an earlier accident that had yet to be removed.

Corporal Cox said to be vigilant and remember, if in doubt, assume it is in fact a roadblock and steer clear.

Idaho State Police told Local News 8 a large dust storm caused at least three cars to crash near mile post 121 on I-15. The interstate was closed between the Highway 20 on ramp at mile post 119 and Roberts at 135.

This was the third time in two weeks high winds have forced the closure of Interstate 15 in the same area.

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