Six killed New Mexico pileup

LORDSBURG, N.M. (AP) — Six people died in a 25-vehicle pileup caused by a sudden dust storm along an interstate highway in New Mexico where such conditions have caused deadly collisions in the past, authorities said.

Those killed in the incident Monday near the Arizona border were a 9-month-old girl and her parents from Phoenix, two people from El Paso, Texas, and a California woman.

The high winds and limited visibility caused 18 commercial trucks and seven passenger cars to crash on westbound Interstate 10.

The stretch of highway near rural Lordsburg has seen other deadly crashes and closures due to similar conditions stemming from the desert landscape and a dry lakebed.

“It’s a topographical area in which the winds come through where there’s nothing that can be done to prevent it,” state police spokesman Carl Christiansen said.

In February, two women were killed when their car got sandwiched between two semi-trucks in a dust storm.

By Patricia Older

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