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Blinding dust storms trigger crashes

A foot of dirt drifted around this vehicle after it crashed in a dust storm Sunday. (photo...
A foot of dirt drifted around this vehicle after it crashed in a dust storm Sunday. (photo courtesy South Dakota Highway Patrol) (KOTA)
Published: Apr. 30, 2018 at 1:24 PM MDT
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No sooner are we done with blizzards, dust causes blackout conditions in parts of South Dakota.

A social media post by the South Dakota Highway Patrol shows several cars that crashed Sunday west of Miller when wind caused zero visibility along a two-mile stretch of road.

According to the Associated Press, there were two serious injuries in the South Dakota crashes. A person died and 15 others were injured in eastern Nebraska when a dust storm triggered a 29-vehicle crash.

The Nebraska State Patrol says visibility was reduced to nearly zero Sunday as dust blew in from farm fields along Interstate 80 near York, west of Lincoln.

The patrol says the conditions caused a chain-reaction crash that injured 15 people, including one person who was flown to a Lincoln hospital.

Winds gusts of 60 mph were reported in the area. The patrol says the crash closed a two-mile stretch of the interstate for nearly three hours.