LUBBOCK, Texas -- A state trooper says one person was killed and least 17 injured in a series of accidents that occurred when a violent West Texas dust storm forced authorities to close a portion of Interstate 27 north of Lubbock.
Cpl. John Gonzalez of the Texas Department of Public Safety says 23 vehicles were involved in a series of chain-reaction crashes Wednesday afternoon south of Abernathy. He described conditions as "like a white-out, only this would be black," as sand and dirt were kicked up by the wind.
Gonzalez says a man died at the scene after his sport utility vehicle slammed into the back of a tractor-trailer. He says injuries suffered in the other crashes appeared minor.
Gonzalez says the highway was closed in both directions because of concern over more accidents.