3 killed in chain reaction crash near Picacho Peak

Today, at least 12 people were injured, and 3 people were killed after a dust storm led to chain reaction crashes on Interstate 10 near Picacho Peak between Phoenix and Tucson.

According to DPS officials, 19 vehicles, including 10 commercial vehicles, 7 cars, one tanker and one recreational vehicle, were involved in chain-reaction collisions.

Several of the injured were airlifted to hospitals in Tucson and Phoenix.

ADOT and the Arizona Department of Public Safety recommend the following driving tips when encountering a low-visibility dust storm:

•Avoid driving into or through a dust storm.

•If you encounter a dust storm, check traffic immediately around your vehicle (front, back and to the side) and begin slowing down.

•Do not wait until poor visibility makes it difficult to safely pull off the roadway — do it as soon as possible. Completely exit the highway if you can, away from where other vehicles may travel.

•Do not stop in a travel lane or in the emergency lane; look for a safe place to pull completely off the paved portion of the roadway.

•Turn off all vehicle lights, including your emergency flashers.

•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.

•Drivers of high-profile vehicles should be especially aware of changing weather conditions and travel at reduced speeds.

•Be alert that any storm can cause power outages to overhead roadway lighting and traffic signals. Drive with caution and treat all intersections without signals as having stop signs in all directions.

For more information driving tips, please visit PullAsideStayAlive.org.

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