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Massive dust storm triggers deadly pileup in Colorado


Friday, June 12, 2015, 2:01 - Two people died and four others were injured after a dust storm contributed to an 11-vehicle pileup in Colorado on Wednesday.

Trooper Nate Reid told the Associated Press that a vehicle heading north on U.S. Highway 287 near Lamar slowed because of the dust, setting off the chain-reaction crash Wednesday evening involving passenger vehicles and tractor-trailers. 

The two motorists who died were in separate vehicles, said officials. 

The highway closed in both directions and was reopened Thursday morning. 


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Dust storms are not uncommon on Colorado's southeastern plains.

Last year, a massive dust storm enveloped parts of the state after a wicked cold front pushed through the region, bringing winds of up to 50 mph, the Weather Channel reported. 


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The area has been hit hard by drought in recent years, but conditions have somewhat improved after a wet spring.

SCIENCE BEHIND THE WEATHER: DUST STORM, ALSO KNOWN AS HABOOB, EXPLAINED IN VIDEO BELOW

Sources: The Associated Press | The Weather Channel | YouTube

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