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Low visibility causes multiple crashes on I-10

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Posted at 5:08 PM, Jul 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-18 20:21:32-04

Multiple crashes on Interstate 10 are causing slowing.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, low visibility may have been the cause of the crashes.

Bart Graves, spokesperson with the Arizona Department of Public Safety, says seven vehicles were involved in the crash.

A three vehicle injury crash happened in the median with some injuries reported.

No injuries were reported in the second four-vehicle crash.

With dust reducing visibility on Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Tucson, motorists should be aware of the latest weather conditions, avoid driving into blowing dust and pull completely off the roadway if they are caught.

If a dust storm approaches, try to exit the freeway if you can do so safely.
 
If you’re caught in blowing dust, follow these safety tips from PullAsideStayAlive.org:
  • Immediately check traffic around your vehicle (front, back and to the side) and begin slowing down.
  • Don’t wait until poor visibility makes it difficult to safely pull off the roadway.
  • Don’t stop in a travel lane or in the emergency lane.
  • Turn off all vehicle lights, including your emergency flashers. You do not want other vehicles approaching from behind to use your lights as a guide, possibly crashing into your parked vehicle.
  • Set your emergency brake and take your foot off the brake.
  • Stay in the vehicle with your seatbelts buckled and wait for the storm to pass.