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3 dead after dust causes crashes on I-10 in Ariz.

Oct 30th, 2013 - National News

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities in Arizona say three people are dead and at least 12 others injured after a dust storm led to multiple crashes on Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Tucson.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety says 19 vehicles, including at least six big rigs, were involved in chain-reaction collisions south of Casa Grande shortly after noon Tuesday.

DPS officials say at least one passenger car was pinned between two 18-wheelers.

Television footage shows several cars and tractor-trailers smashed into each other near Picacho Peak in south-central Arizona.

Several medical helicopters were taking some of the injured to hospitals. DPS officials say at least one person is in critical condition.

DPS says all westbound lanes of I-10 north of Picacho Peak are closed.

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