Dust Storm Turns Washington Highway Into Parking Lot

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Dozens of vehicles piled up when a major dust storm blew through Washington Sunday. - TRI-CITY HERALD
  • Tri-City Herald
  • Dozens of vehicles piled up when a major dust storm blew through Washington Sunday.

A strong trough of high winds and thunderstorms pushed a cold front into the region overnight, dropping temperatures even further Sunday morning and reminding Treasure Valley residents that fall wasn't far away. Temperatures on Labor Day won't get any higher than the 70s, and clear, cool evenings will bring overnight temperatures into the 40s this coming week.

Meanwhile, officials estimate that up to 50 vehicles were piled up Saturday when a major dust storm blew through Eastern Washington, triggering multiple collisions on Interstate 82. Most of the accidents were just south of Kennewick, including cars traveling north and south.

Nine people were rushed to Tri-City hospitals.

"For as many cars as were damaged and hit, it was remarkable that so few people were injured," Benton (Wash.) Fire Captain Devin Helland told the Tri-City Herald.

In the Spokane area, TV station KHQ reports Interstate 90 was also shut down late Saturday when a tractor trailer flipped on its side, scattering debris across the highway.


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