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.
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