A dust storm caused a devastating 72-car pile up in rural Illinois

Extreme winds coupled with dry conditions have led to a devastating crash in rural Illinois.

This photo was shared on Twitter of Interstate 55 shut down in Farmersville. You can see the traffic lined up with dust, making it very difficult to see how far it is backed up.

Illinois State Police say the 72-car pile up that resulted in the death of six people and 37 in the hospital was caused by excessive winds blowing dirt from the farm fields across the highway, leading to zero visibility. The Department of Transportation is inspecting the roadway before reopening it.


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