Multiple crashes due to wind and dust along I-40

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Wind and dust conditions closed I-40

WINSLOW - A dust storm shut down Interstate 40 in the High Country for several hours.

It was closed in both directions east of Flagstaff near Winslow. Department of Public Safety officials say wind gusts up to 58 miles-per-hour have hit the area, blowing dust and causing multiple car crashes. The freeway was reopened at about 7:30 p.m.

DPS says if you a see a dust storm approaching, you should exit the freeway at the first available ramp.

If you are stuck in the storm, you should pull over, turn off your lights, take your foot off the brake and wait for the storm to pass. Do not use your emergency flashers because to other drivers lights will make it appear that you are moving.

You can always check the latest road conditions by calling 5-1-1 or go to , or .