Dust Storm Gnarls Roads across Springfield Area
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WRSP) —
For many, driving in the dust storm was a struggle.
There were a number of crashes along I-72.
Two of them were fatal.
One person died in a crash east of Tuscola on Route 36.
That's in Douglas County.
A semi and six cars were involved.
Another person died in a wreck on I-72 near New Berlin.
Illinois State Police say many of these crashes were caused by dusty farm fields and high winds.
Parts of Interstates 55 and 72 were shut down along with a number county roads.
Dust clouded much of the Springfield area, Jacksonville, Illiopolis and New Berlin.
We caught up with a traveler who was stuck in Springfield because of intense dust.
"It's crazy," said Tayla Messa, St. Joseph, Missouri. "I've never seen anything like it. It's like thick fog that you can't even see through. People were putting on their hazard lights but you can't see through it hardly."
State police say the best thing if you encounter low visibility is to slow down and put your hazards and lights on.
They say it's dangerous to pull over in those conditions.
Visibility has not yet improved, as of 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.
State police say several stretches of I-72 remain closed from Illiopolis to New Berlin as crews continue to clear wrecks.
You might want to find alternate routes as crews continue to clear multiple accidents.