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By Katie Teachout
The Journal 

Duststorm causes crashes, prompts closures


Last updated 9/11/2020 at 5:49pm

Kellie Kragt

Traffic backed up on Ritzville streets Monday after the state Department of Transportation closed area highways.

RITZVILLE - A duststorm that began just before noon caused multiple crashes, prompting area road closures through early evening hours Monday, Sept. 7.

Washington State Patrol Sgt. Ethan Wynecoop said the multiple car crashes, which were all dust-related, resulted in no serious injuries.

"It was absolutely a mess. You couldn't see more than 10 feet in front of you," Wynecoop said. "Almost every state route through our patrol area here had crashes of one sort or another."

Wynecoop said Intestate 90, state Highways 26, 21 and 261, and U.S. Highway 395 were all closed due to a lack of visibili...

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