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Thursday, August 11, 2022

21 vehicles crash, six killed due to dust storm in Montana

(CNN) — On Friday night, a dust storm caused a 21-vehicle collision on Interstate 90 in Big Horn County, Montana, killing six people, according to the Montana Highway Patrol.

Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen said first responders are investigating the accident west of Hardin and will release more information when it becomes available.

“This investigation is still ongoing. We will release more information as it becomes available and appropriate in honor of those lost and their loved ones,” Knudsen said.

21 Vehicles Crash, Six Killed Due To Dust Storm In Montana

A dust storm near Hardin caused a 21-vehicle accident, I-90. but six died

The Highway Patrol said interstate travel was resumed overnight, but I-90 has been reopened.

Governor Greg Gianfort tweeted Friday, “Deeply saddened by the news of a massive accident near Hardin. Please join me in prayer to honor the victims and their loved ones. We thank our first responders for their service.” Is grateful.”

Ariel DeHart saw a mobile home brake open in an accident while driving west on I-90 near Hardin.

DeHart told CNN it happened moments after the accident. He said there were only a few first responders at the scene at the time.

“Visibility was so bad and scary,” DeHart said. “The air was hot and creepy. It was like wearing sepia-tinted glasses. It was so crazy.”

“When I saw the torn RV, my stomach broke,” he said. “But the owner was putting his decorative pillows back in the RV, and he was very sad because he was clearly very upset about what had just happened.”

Joss Strickland also witnessed many accidents. He told CNN that he slipped and stopped when the accident happened right in front of him on I-90.

Strickland says he and others helped an elderly man out of his vehicle, on a stretcher and into an ambulance.

For about 45 minutes after the accident, Strickland says he stayed behind to help people at the scene.

“Visibility dropped in an instant,” Strickland wrote in a Facebook post about her experience. “I still can’t get over the fact that we were 1 vehicle away from the disaster.”

CNN’s Zoe Sotille contributed to this report,

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