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Dust storm causes massive accident on I-55

At least six people were killed in a sprawling car crash on I-55 outside Springfield, Illinois, according to Illinois police.

The massive crash, involving about 80 cars, occurred during a dust storm with poor visibility.

More than 30 people were taken to nearby hospitals. Injuries range from minor to life-threatening, with those injured ranging in age from two to 80, WLS reported.

One of the six people who died in the crash was identified as Shirley Harley, 88, of Franklin, Wisconsin, authorities said.

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office is working to identify the other five and notify their families.

At the time, winds were blowing between 35 and 45 mph, according to The Weather Channel.

I-55 remains close in both directions near Sangamon and Montgomery counties, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The Auburn Travel Center in Divernon is being used as a reunification location for travelers and families of those involved in the crash, according to state police.


At least six dead in accident after dust storm

A windstorm in central Illinois today raised dangerous clouds of blinding dust from farm fields, causing numerous crashes that killed at least six people on Interstate 55, police said.

The late-morning crashes involved between 40 and 60 cars and several tractor-trailers, two of which caught fire, Illinois State Police Maj. Ryan Starrick said.

He said at least six people were killed, all in the northbound lanes, and more than 30 people on both sides of I-55 were transported to hospitals with injuries.

A crash involving at least 20 vehicles closed a highway in Illinois, Monday, May 1, 2023.


“The only thing you could hear after we got hit was crash after crash after crash behind us,” said Tom Thomas, 43, who was traveling south to St. Louis. I-55 was closed in both directions in Montgomery County, 75 miles away. north of St Louis, and probably won’t reopen until tomorrow.

Starrick told reporters it was a spring version of a “fade situation” typically seen in winter snowstorms. Governor JB Pritzker described the scene as “horrifying.”

“The cause of the crashes is due to excessive winds blowing dirt from agricultural fields across the highway, leading to zero visibility,” Starrick said.

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Illinois lawmaker ‘heartbroken’ over fatal crash on I-55

Representative Nikki Budzinski took to Twitter to express her condolences for the loss of life in a shocking incident.

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Top Police Official Expresses Condolences to Aggrieved Families

The senior police official expressed his condolences to the aggrieved families.

“My heart goes out to the families,” said Illinois State Police Maj. Ryan Starrick Starrick.

“My heart goes out to anyone who has been involved in this particular situation. It seems that due to poor visibility, high winds, it all came together, unfortunately, on this particular stretch of I-55.

“My heart goes out to them.”

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Interstate 55 will remain closed through Tuesday

The interstate will remain closed until tomorrow while crews work to remove vehicles from the crash site.

While the collision initially occurred in the northbound lanes of I-55, it soon followed in the southbound lanes with two trucks catching fire, NBC News reported.

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88-year-old traffic accident victim identified

One of the six people who died in the crash following a windstorm in central Illinois was identified as Shirley Harley, 88, of Franklin, Wisconsin, authorities said.

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office is working to identify the other five and notify their families.

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“We had to search every vehicle,” says Montgomery County emergency services director

Kevin Schott, director of emergency services in Montgomery County, said it was a “very difficult scene” and “very difficult to train for.”

“We had to search all the vehicles, whether they were involved in the accident or just stopped, to check for any injuries,” he said, adding that people were “visibly, understandably upset”.

Authorities set up staging areas away from the crash site to help travelers reunite with friends and family.

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‘You couldn’t even see,’ says witness of mass highway crash

Evan Anderson, 25, who was returning home to St. Louis from Chicago, said a semi-truck spun before hitting his vehicle, saving it from further damage. “You couldn’t even see it,” Anderson said.

“People tried to slow down and other people didn’t, and they hit me. There were so many cars and semi-trucks with so much momentum behind them.”

Dairon Socarras Quintero, 32, who was driving to St. Louis to make deliveries for his Elk Grove Village-based custom framing company, said after his truck collided with the vehicle in front of him, he got out and moved to to the side of the road to ensure his safety, then returned after the chain reaction of crashes ended behind him.

Smoke rises after a crash involving at least 20 cars closed a highway in Illinois, Monday, May 1, 2023.


Socarras Quintero said the dust continued to blow fiercely as he checked other motorists and emergency personnel arrived. He lifted his backpack, which was covered in dust even though it was inside the cab of a closed truck.

Winds at the time were gusting between 35 mph (56 kph) and 45 mph (74 kph), the National Weather Service said.

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‘Multiple deaths’ in vehicle collision caused by dust storm on I-55 in Illinois

A massive dust storm caused several vehicle crashes on Interstate 55 south of Springfield, Illinois, leading to multiple deaths, according to police.

The multiple accidents occurred Monday (May 1) at milepost 76 of I-55, both northbound and southbound, Illinois State Police said in a news conference posted on Facebook.

Illinois State Police said I-55 I-55 is closed from milepost 52 to milepost 80 in both directions while they work on “a major crash.”

They urged motorists to take an alternate route as traffic was diverting onto the side street.

Ariana Baio is following the details for the independent.

Graeme Massie2 May 2023 04:05


Dust storm causes ‘numerous accidents’ on I-55

A dust storm in central Illinois has caused “numerous accidents” along I-55, according to state officials.

Images from the scene showed clouds of smoke and numerous burned-out cars.

Graeme Massie2 May 2023 02:02


Dust storm accident scenes on I-55




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