Dust Storm Causes Multiple Fatalities and Pileups on Illinois Highway
A windstorm in south-central Illinois caused one of the deadliest highway crashes in the state’s history on Monday. The dust storm caused zero visibility, leading to numerous crashes, pileups, and multiple fatalities on Interstate 55. Illinois State Police Maj. Ryan Starrick stated that the crashes involved 40 to 60 passenger cars and multiple tractor-trailers, two of which caught fire. The highway was closed down in both directions in Montgomery County, 75 miles north of St. Louis.
Excessive Wind Blowing Dirt from Farm Fields Causes the Crashes
According to Starrick, the excessive winds blowing dirt from farm fields across the highway caused the crashes. The victims of the crashes are yet to be publicly identified, and there is no information on the exact number of fatalities. However, Starrick reported that more than 30 people were transported to hospitals with injuries following the crashes, which occurred in both the southbound and the northbound lanes.
In conclusion, the dust storm caused by excessive winds led to fatal crashes on Interstate 55. While the investigation into the cause of the crashes is ongoing, motorists are advised to take extra care and stay vigilant when driving in adverse weather conditions.
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