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I-10 reopens after multiple vehicle crashes, DPS vehicle destroyed

Published: Apr. 28, 2016 at 3:24 PM MST|Updated: Apr. 29, 2016 at 3:13 PM MST
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Three crashes within a mile of each other involved 10 vehicles. (Source: Arizona Department of...
Three crashes within a mile of each other involved 10 vehicles. (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety)
Know what to do if you're caught in blowing dust. (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety...
Know what to do if you're caught in blowing dust. (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety via Twitter)

COCHISE COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) - I-10 has reopened east of Willcox, hours after being closed by highway officials from State Route 191 to Lordsburg, NM shortly after 2 p.m. due to dust and blowing wind.

An Arizona Department of Public Safety vehicle was involved in a crash on Interstate 10 near San Simon on Thursday, April 28. The trooper, Sgt. Stewart Shupe, was not in the vehicle and was not hurt.

According to DPS public information officer Kameron Lee, this was one of three crashes involving 12 vehicles within a mile of milepost 376, but there were no major injuries reported.

MOBILE USERS: More photos from the scene are available HERE.

A post on the Cochise County Sheriff's Office Facebook page said a San Simon fire truck was also involved in a collision in the area.

No other information about the crash was immediately available.

Early afternoon tweet about closing:

Drivers on Interstate 10 in Cochise County were warned to be alert to the possibility of blowing dust Thursday.

ADOT officials and DPS troopers were prepared for poor driving conditions.

Before the closure, drivers were advised to slow down between mileposts 374 and 377, an area east of Willcox that is prone to dusty conditions.

If you are caught in blowing dust:

  • Immediately check traffic around your vehicle and begin slowing down.
  • Pull off the roadway as soon as possible. Completely exit the highway if you can. Do not wait for visibility to decrease.
  • Look for a safe place to pull completely off the paved portion of the roadway. Do not stop in a travel lane or in the emergency lane.
  • Turn off all vehicle lights, including your emergency flashers.
  • Take your foot off the brake and set your emergency brake.
  • Stay in the vehicle with your seatbelts buckled and wait for the dust to subside.

On Monday, April 25, the same 62-mile section of the highway was closed because of blowing dust, which also contributed to a crash.

READ MORE: Crash closes WB I-10 near San Simon

Drivers going between Tucson and Lordsburg, NM, are being detoured through Safford. The detour route is approximately 110 miles.

RED FLAG WARNING: High winds expected Thursday

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