Multi-Vehicle Accident in Dust Storm Kills 1, Injures 17

By Vickie Frantz, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
December 19, 2012; 8:42 PM
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This image of a wall of dust moving into Vernon, Texas is courtesy of Jeanene Williams-Stein

A multiple car accident occurred on I-27 near Lubbock, Texas, at about 12:45 p.m. CST Wednesday leaving at least one person dead and at least 17 others injured.

Blowing dust and strong winds reduced visibility to about 328 feet, roughly the length of a football field, in Lubbock at about 1 p.m. CST, according to reports from local weather observation sites.

"Winds out of the west and southwest were averaging 30-35 mph and gusting to between 50-60 mph throughout the afternoon," said AccuWeather Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

Emergency teams are responding to the scene from New Deal, Abernathy and Idalou.

Early responders reported difficulty locating the vehicles involved in the crash, according to everythinglubbock.com. People involved in the accident were calling 911 from their cellular phones in an attempt to get help.

An exact number of injured people is not yet known.

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