Dust storms cause road chaos in Nebraska

02 May 2018, 01:34 | Isaac Mcdaniel

One dead in I-80 pileup caused by blowing dust, patrol confirms

Nebraska I-80 Pileup: Dust Storm Causes 20-Vehicle Crash, 15 People Hospitalized

Details are still limited, and more information will be provided when it becomes available. Several people were taken to the hospital with injuries that are not considered life-threatening.

In this April 29, 2018, photo provided by the Nebraska State Patrol, emergency personnel work at the scene of a multi-vehicle crash caused by blowing dust from farm fields along Interstate 80 near York, Neb.

The Nebraska State Patrol confirmed that eight people were taken to hospital in Aurora, six were taken to the hospital in York, and one person was airlifted Bryan Health West Hospital in Lincoln, reports KSNB. All lanes of I-80 were reopened by approximately 8 p.m. Desiree Gustafson was in Sunday's pile up and is now recovering in the hospital. "I'm very fortunate and lucky that I escaped with just a broken toe, some bruises and just being sore overall", Gustafson said.

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NSP spokesman, Cody Thomas, says the crash was primarily due to high winds in the area kicking up dust, causing near white-out conditions. His wife Betty, 68, was seriously injured and transported to the hospital.

The nearest weather monitoring station to the crash site is in Aurora, Nebraska, and winds there were clocked at 48 miles per hour, she said.



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