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2 Killed, 2 Hurt in 17-Vehicle West Texas Pileup

Dust storm blamed for 17-vehicle pileup in West Texas

Tuesday, Jul 24, 2012  |  Updated 10:25 AM CDT
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2 Killed, 2 Hurt in 17-Vehicle West Texas Pileup

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Two people are dead and two others are hospitalized after 17-vehicle chain collision on a West Texas interstate blamed on a dust storm.

The crash happened just before 8 p.m. on Interstate 20 just west of Midland, about two miles east of the Midland-Ector county line.

Midland city spokeswoman Persephone Dakopolos said initial reports are that a thunderstorm kicked up dust that blew across the highway. Vehicles slammed into the rear of traffic slowed within the dust cloud.

Five tractor-trailer rigs were among the 17 vehicles involved.

Two of the 18-wheelers sandwiched a car, killing two people inside. Battalion Chief Vince Hancock of the Midland Fire Department said two others were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
 

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