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By Katie Teachout
Ritzville Adams County Journal 

Duststorm Monday prompts highway closures


Last updated 9/11/2020 at 6:07pm

Jen Effrig | Special to The Connection

A duststorm Monday, Sept. 7, limited visibility of drivers of Interstate 90 and U.S. Highway 395, prompting road closures.

LIND – Dust storms that began just before noon on Labor Day caused multiple crashes and had area roads closed through early evening hours Monday, Sept. 7.

Sgt. Ethan Wynecoop with Washington State Patrol said the multiple car crashes, which were all dust-related, resulted in no serious injuries.

"It was absolutely a mess. You couldn't see more than 10 feet in front of you," Wynecoop said. "Almost every state route through our patrol area here had crashes of one sort or another."

Wynecoop said U.S. Highway 395 was closed in the Lind area. He also said Highways 21, 26 and 261, as well as Interstate 90 were all closed due to the lack of visibility.

All the highways have since been re-opened.

Author Bio

Katie Teachout, Editor

Katie Teachout is the editor of the Ritzville Adams County Journal. She has more than a decade experience covering Eastern Washington, including the Upper Kittitas Valley, the Methow Valley and Okanogan and Ferry counties.

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